Stéphanie Coste, writing in the skin of the executioner
Writer Stéphanie Coste in studio at RFI (May 2021).
© Catherine Fruchon-Toussaint / RFI
By: Catherine Fruchon-Toussaint
Stéphanie Coste lived until her adolescence between Senegal and Djibouti.
She has been living in Lisbon for a few years.
“Le passeur” is his first novel, he was awarded the Closerie des Lilas 2021 Prize.
The Ferryman © Gallimard
"When we have done, as Seyoum says cynically,"
with hope, our business
", when we have become one of the biggest smugglers on the Libyan coast, and our brains have been devoured by khat and alcohol, are we still capable of humanity?
This is the whole question that arises when an umpteenth convoy arrives filled with desperate candidates for the crossing.
With this particular convoy suddenly all his past goes back: his family destroyed by the dictatorship in Eritrea, the forced recruitment in the Sawa camp, the scenes of torture, the flight, the imprisonment, his lost love ...
Through the crossed destinies of these migrants and their executioner, Stéphanie Coste draws up a large fresco of the history of a bruised continent.
His writing of incredible strength, carved with a billhook, in a breathless rhythm takes us to the depths of the madness of men. "(Presentation of
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