Already the winner of the prix Fnac in September for his first novel, Real Life (The Iconoclast), the belgian Adeline Dieudonné, who was one of the sensations of the start of the literary, won the Renaudot des lycéens.A doubled after his Fnac price awarded on September 12, 2018, for the kick off of the season of literary prizes.
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This is one of the sensations and revelations this autumn literary crowned today. Jérôme Garcin in The Obs to Bernard Pivot in the JDD , through the selection of the Figaro littéraire , the criticism was almost unanimous to greet the bright talent of this Brussels 36-year-old. It was then logically found his name on the initial lists of the prix Goncourt and Renaudot. And then, as Pauline Delabroy-Allard or Ines Bayard, finalists and with it, the price Fnac, it was removed from the lists of these prices for the benefit of the authors more installed. A choice that did not want to do the high school students, undoubtedly preferring novels that were closer. Stories dark when it comes to stories of passion that end badly, rape, abusive fathers.
Before this novel, Adeline Dieudonné lived from small jobs food, which allowed him to devote himself to writing and to raising her two girls. She has published in Belgium a few new and even won the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, for Amarula . In 2017, when she had started Real Life the young woman was published by editions Lamiroy, Bonobo Moussaka , a play that she will perform on stage alone-en-scène, a term she prefers to be a one-woman show.
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With Real Life , a short novel, it offers us a sort of fairy tale horror (“universal”, she says) tinted with a few touches of humor. It was a time in a city without name the country without a name, a kid without a name who lived in a subdivision without its charm. His father works in an amusement park. He has three passions: hunting, tv and whisky. This redneck hot-blooded also has a habit of banging his wife. This last, poor cook, had two pet projects: gardening and goats miniature. His daughter sees it as “an amoeba” or “ectoplasm”. Fortunately, in this family beat-up, there is Gilles, the little prince is four years old, his younger brother. With him the child is going to play in the wood of the Small Hanged or broken on the corner. The kids love to visit with Monica, a sort of witch kind to “the voice of the old horn and perfume range”. And then there’s the pickup truck of ice-cream announced each time by an air of Tchaikovsky. The children do not miss never the appointment.
Until one day a tragedy atrocious occurs that transforms Gilles zombie. To find the boy adorable, her big sister, student, early, fascinated by science, fan of Marie Curie, decided to invent a time machine, as in Back to the future . She takes classes with a scholar whose mute woman wears a veil to hide his face eaten away by acid. A gift to men, well-intentioned.
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Between the wildcats stuffed that collects her father and that she sometimes hears him roar to the ear, the neighbors evil lunés, the father tape hard, the mother amoeba and the brother prostrated that begins to look like “a character in one of Stephen King”, the narrator has the merit to remain optimistic. Think of the neighbour, the muscles in that she’s been baby-sitting helps a lot not to fall.
a Few months after My Absolute Darling the prodigy american Gabriel Tallent, featuring a young, resilient, Adeline Dieudonné offers us another magnificent heroine. Its story without digression, reads like a treaty, and if it sometimes suffers from both of darkness and of flesh to bright, we may also laugh when the author shows us, by example, the ogre of the house, paying off a tear while listening to the song The Phone crying of Cloclo.
This novel, like others in the back written by young women, can be read as a powerful denunciation of the stupidity of men, of their taste for violence, and the few cases that they are of the fairer sex. It is a book about the loss of innocence and, for its part light, a book of hope celebrating the instinct of life and of resistance, in particular, children.