Jeux de dame

Solange Darnal promène sa silhouette élégante et solitaire entre le Paris du début des années 1960, le Berlin de la guerre froide et la mélancolie de Trieste sous la pluie. On roule en Volvo P1800, on fume des cigarettes State Express 555, le musée de la porte Dorée s'appelle encore le palais des Colonies, et les femmes portent des imperméables beurre frais.
Solange oscille entre deux mondes, celui de la vérité et celui du mensonge, de la lumière et de l’ombre, de la transparence et du secret, et navigue entre deux hommes. Elle prend peu à peu conscience qu’elle en aime un davantage que l’autre, et sans doute aime-t-elle vraiment pour la première fois…
Intermittences du cœur, souvenirs d’enfance et mouvements de l’Histoire s’entremêlent dans cette intrigue qui pousse le lecteur à s'interroger sur ce drôle de jeu – peut-être dangereux – auquel se livre la jeune femme. Mais qui est Solange? Et le sait-elle seulement?
  • Vermillon
  • Paru le 17/08/2017
  • Genre : Littérature française
  • 208 pages - 140 x 205 mm
  • EAN : 9782710384175
  • ISBN : 9782710384175

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Jeux de dame

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Since the publication of Hôtel de Lausanne and Les Ombres de Marge Finaly, we know for a fact that Thierry Dancourt is remarkable at portraying women. Today we may add Solange Darnal, the seductive and dreamy heroin of Jeux de dame, to his fictional gallery.

At the beginning of the 1960s, Solange is an elegant and lonely silhouette sauntering in the Porte Dorée Paris, in the Berlin before the Wall, in a melancholic and rainy Trieste. People are driving Volvo P1800, smoking State Express cigarettes, and women are wearing butter-coloured raincoats. Of course, Solange keeps a secret.

Has it got to do with that mission the Economic Council has assigned her, for which she has been sent to Berlin? There, she meets her boss and lover, Marc Jeanson, who wonders about her distant attitude. He doesn’t know that this time, in Paris, a young man is waiting for her: Pascal Clerville.

Solange is oscillating between two worlds – truth and lie, light and darkness, transparency and secret – as she navigates between two men. Gradually, she comes to realize that she loves one more than the other, and even that she is probably in love for the very first time…

Hence, the ebb and flow of the heart, as well as childhood memories, make their way through a shadowing, or through a meeting about the launch of a soviet satellite. But to reader, the one question that matters is: who is Solange? Does she even know?

In Jeux de Dame, Thierry Dancourt manages to do something only he can do: combining the Modiano style with John Le Carré’s codes, and to turn his characters into double agents of melancholy.

Thierry Dancourt was born in Montmorency. He is an editor in the fields of architecture and urbanism. Hôtel de Lausanne (La Table Ronde, 2008, 10/18, 2010) was written in Paris and in Casablanca, and was awarded the “Prix du Premier Roman” (First Novel Award) in France. His two other books, Jardin d’hiver (2010) and Les Ombres de Marge Finaly (2012), were also published at La Table Ronde.

“A chic and melancholic talent.” Frédéric Beigbeder, Le Figaro Magazine

“Some extremely fine lacework.” Madame Figaro

“A sensitive and mysterious writer whose music inevitably settles for a long time in the reader’s mind.” Lire

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