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The famous author Philippe Besson has just published "Le denier enfant", his 20th novel. A moving book which tells the story of the departure from the family home of the last of the siblings.
In his new novel, Philippe Besson recounts the last day of a young adult with his parents. A story that highlights the pain of a mother to see the youngest of the family leave.
A novel that speaks to everyone
Third best seller, Philippe Besson's new novel is already a success. "This is the most universal story," explains Philippe Besson on the set of our colleagues from France 3 Paris-Ile-de-France. "The kids leave one day or another. And the parents are faced with this." If leaving the family cocoon is in the order of things, this episode is sometimes badly experienced, especially by women. "They feel a sense of loss, of abandonment and also of worthlessness," says the author who chose to write her book from the mother's point of view. "When I write, I love to invest in a character that I am not, to live a different life than mine", recognizes Philippe Besson.
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A book dedicated to his mother
To write this new novel, Philipe Besson drew on his family history. The author left Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire (Charente), his native town, at the age of 18 to study in Rouen. "I learned afterwards that my mother had fallen into a form of melancholy, languor and depression following my departure" recalls the novelist. “Because she had focused all of her energy on being a mother, suddenly she was without landmarks,” adds the author. "It was her that I thought of when I wrote the book. It is dedicated to her and it is no accident," says Philippe Besson.
"This is the France where I come from"
The last child is also a chronicle on peri-urban France. That of average French people who live with ease far from the big cities. "This is the France where I come from. I lived in Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, a town of 4000 inhabitants 30 kilometers from Angoulême" says the author. A suburban France "with people who love each other but who do not always say it to each other. Suddenly, when they separate, this silence about feelings springs in their faces and they have to get by with that" Philippe Besson concludes with empathy.
The last child, by Philippe Besson, Julliard editions
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