Set on a train platform, the book tells the story of a man and a woman who try to escape their destiny. He has no luggage and no money, only an exceptional beauty. She helps him to evade from the ticket controller and the police. Their attraction is immediate, and time seeming to come to a standstill as they begin to share details about their lives. He fled his country with his brother in search of freedom, passing from one refugee camp to another, hoping that one day this wandering will finally end. She is a law student with a promising political career who has done everything possible to further her goals, including dating a man (waiting for her at the other end of the platform) she doesn't love. Despite their outward differences, both are ultimately looking for the same thing: freedom.
This short novel explores, at the intersection of intimacy and identity, the feeling of love and the vertigo of the encounter. This beautiful text also contains universal messages about oppression, the problem of immigration, and the nature of individual freedom.
Eliette Abécassis :
Eliette Abécassis is a graduate of the prestigious École Normale Supérieure. She has written several novels, including La Répudiée (Albin Michel, 2000; translated into English as Sacred by Aurora Metro Press), which the author adapted into the screenplay of the film Kadosh by Israeli director Amos Gitai; Mon Père (Albin Michel, 2002); Clandestin (Albin Michel, 2003); Un heureux événement (Albin Michel, 2005); and Mère et fille, un roman (Albin Michel, 2008.)