Sortie : 18 janvier 2016
N° ISBN : 978-2-36956-031-9
Au nom d’Alexandre
Alexandre plies a nameless trade—he invents names.
He has named fragrances and missiles, cakes and cars. Even the dog of a billionaire. Some say he even was personal consultant of the pope when he was searching for his identity.
But Alexandre is ill. The end is near.
Intrigued by Alexandre’s surprising calling, a publisher asks a journalist to go to the bedside of the ailing name-giver. She will interview him so as to publish his memoirs. The young woman discovers the adventurous life of this literature-loving genius of a wordsmith. He seems to have named everything. Or almost. She does pick up a few dark corners in his uncommon life. Equally fascinated and puzzled by Alexandre, she is disturbed by an unsettling question—what if Alexandre has simply forgotten to give a name to an essential thing?
« Erudite and inspired, with a fast pace, this excellent novel is a beautiful tribute to Littré and other dictionary writers. » Delphine Peras, L’Express
« This novel feels like a journey. A journey through words and witticisms, puns and games, delving into the nuts and bolts of writing. The ideal book for those who love lexicology and love to lose themselves in a sea of words, in the complexities of the French language, one of the richest with the most complex nuances in the world.» Sophie Adriånseñ, Sophielit
« Throughout my reading, I couldn’t help wondering how Au nom d’Alexandre managed to be so absolutely apposite, sparkling, hilarious, moving and cathartic. » Christian Gatard, Géographie du futur
« Anecdotes and inventive twists and turns in the narrative tremendously enrich this crazy and eventful story, modestly revealing, speaking to the heart and mind. » Notes Bibliographiques