The Ball of Ashes - Trends-Tendances sur PC

The Ball of Ashes – Trends-Tendances sur PC

The ashes of the title of this new novel by Gilles Paris are those of the Stromboli volcano where his story takes place. But they are also those of the past, sorrows, grudges, absentees. “The volcano is not only…

The ashes of the title of this new novel by Gilles Paris are those of the Stromboli volcano where his story takes place. But they are also those of the past, sorrows, grudges, absentees. “The volcano is not only in the mountain, it is in each of us”, says one of the characters. Around the Strongyle hotel run by Guillaume, a widower driven by alcohol, gravitate all the characters of this choral novel. Each chapter bears the first name of the person who is telling the story. There is Giulia, 15, Guillaume’s daughter, who has never known her mother. There is Thomas, whose lover Emilio has disappeared at sea. There is Tom, a kid accompanied by an imaginary friend. There is Abigale, Lior, Sevda, Elena, Anton, Ethel, Sebastian. Of different generations and origins, their stories all have a flaw, a wound, a lack. It would be enough, for their lives to change, for the volcano to wake up. Beyond these unique portraits, The Ashes Ball is also a great declaration of love for this Italian island.

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