“Our night part”, “Life behind you”, “The Eternal Fiancé” … Our reading choices


In this new literary season, “Le Monde des livres” invites readers to engage in a fantastic fight against Darkness, with Argentina’s Mariana Enriquez; to wonder about “The ends of literature”, with Antoine Compagnon; to find in them the traces of those who loved us, with Agnès Desarthe; to go from fear of living to “Desire to stay alive”, with the Spanish Rosa Montero; or to find refuge in Paris, with Jean-Daniel Baltassat.

NOVEL. “Our night part”, by Mariana Enriquez

Our night share, fifth novel by Argentine writer and journalist Mariana Enriquez, is part of a real Lovecraftian curse. Because the “night” here invoked has nothing of a disturbing nocturnal divinity or of pure psychological anguish.

Revered under the name of Darkness, it hatches like a frightful “black hole”, a greedy void, a voracious gap engulfing, during secret suicidal ceremonies, its cash of human flesh taken from a slave park or in the circle of his worshipers.

Worship and ritual are ensured by “the Order”, a secret society, and made possible by the overpowering mediumistic action of one or a chosen one, capable of arousing the blossoming of an Obscurity which devotees expect, in reward to his satisfaction, the eternity of their earthly life.

Medium in button, the Gaspar child is at the heart of Our night share. His mother deceased, he is in the charge of a father promised to death and who refuses to make a pure instrument of worship. A fight then began which would lead, in Argentina from the 1970s to the 1990s, from the military dictatorship to the throes of neoliberalism.

Followed from his childhood to his 25 years, Gaspar, before giving a ruthless end to this esoteric family saga, will discover little by little, over the course of seemingly insane adventures, the real meaning of his destiny. A destiny that Mariana Enriquez details through the menu, constantly nurturing history and counter-history, evocation of the dramas of Argentina and the conflicts punctuating the past of the Order, sociology of various circles and the uncertain daily life of protagonists laden with suffering and crammed with anguish. With this monster book, alternately grimoire or investigative report, Mariana Enriquez delivers the sum of half a century of South American anxieties and hopes. Francois Angelier

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