This short and timely novel depicts a young man’s coming of age in the face of a stern father figure. Victor’s father understands the world only through body image and strength —for him, being fit and healthy is the ultimate guarantee of success and happiness.
Working out, obsessively watching his body’s reactions, always worrying about catching some new disease, Victor tries to surpass the limits of his abilities, to no avail, until he one day realizes what he didn’t want to admit. His invulnerable father is deathly ill.
With a caustic sense of humor and piercing honesty, Patrice Robin explores our bodily obsessions. With remarkable ability, he gets inside the skin of a young man who has been plagued by a troubled relationship with his body from adolescence to adulthood. Robin confirms his exceptional talent with this lucid yet optimistic approach to our fears about death and dying.