By Anne Serre
– Y a-t-il certains de ces personnages que tu préfères aux autres?
– Non, dans mon cœur ils sont tous exactement à los angeles même position. Et d’ailleurs, il s’agit peu de 'cœur'. Encore une fois, je n’ai pour eux et ils n’ont pour moi aucune affection particulière. Nous n’avons pas de sentiments les uns pour les autres, nous sommes dans l’action. think un petit lot de gens qui pour une raison ou une autre se retrouveraient seuls sur los angeles terre avec pour seul désir celui de vivre. Ce que nous avons en commun et qui nous rassemble, c’est d’être dans l. a. même scenario avec los angeles même purpose. Notre alliance est indéfectible, muette, tacite, fondée sur une espèce de tristesse que je ne m’explique pas bien.
Un écrivain explique à son interlocuteur – son double? – remark il entre dans l’écriture et l’imaginaire. Il lui parle de ses personnages, des kin qu’il entretient avec eux. Il lui montre remark il est à l. a. fois dans et hors du roman. Avec une familiarité travel à journey joueuse et impérieuse, il l’entraîne avec lui de l’autre côté du miroir, là où le roman prend corps. Dans ce voyage au cœur de l. a. fabrication d’une œuvre, Anne Serre nous convie, nous, lecteurs, à une expérience distinct et vertigineuse.
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He's croakin'," blurted out a hobo. "Kin you phone a doctor t " The lamp shook in the old hag's hand. "I have no phone," she answered. The man groaned louder and louder, and the blood oozed from his mouth, and trickled down the sides of his face, and fell upon his shoulders. In another moment his frame became rigid. His eyes stared upward, like a thirst-tormented man who beholds a mirage in the desert. Then his arms stretched outward, and his jaws clamped together. There followed a racking spasm of coughing and the jaws clamped again.
Well, it makes no dif. Who the hell cares 'bout a dead hobo t" said another vagrant. C'Maybe God does," answered the old woman with a hard light in her eyes. "Maybe He does," said the man who had knocked the glass from the window, "but I'll go and tell the cops, so's they kin take him to the morgue. " Within an hour two policemen came and carried the dead vagabond to a wagon below. "He gits a free ride in the Black Mariah all to hisself," said a tramp. Then the dormitory became quiet once again.
I again thought of Boroff and his daughter Ivy. Neither Ivy nor myself had 24 BEGGARS OF LIFE reached the age of puberty though we had desire for each other. Boroff was a religious fanatic every winter and he would go to revival meetings and often take his half-crazy wife with him, leaving me with Ivy. Alone in the house, Satan would come to tempt us right near the large family Bible. While Boroff sang hosannas to his God I would lie in Ivy's arms, Ivy asked me not to tell, and I didn't, and neither did Ivy.
Dialogue d'été by Anne Serre