Category: Literature

Homo Deus – Saved by the algorithm?

Homo Deus – Saved by the algorithm?

More and more people are asking questions about the future of insurance and about the words “digital”, “big data”, “connected objects”, etc., predicting an upcoming revolution. Many think that the revolution is already well underway and that it is high time to create a little (science) fiction to imagine what...

Working in an abattoir: Two takes on the subject

Stéphane Geffroy, A l’abattoir, Éditions du Seuil, coll. Raconter la vie, 2016, 96 p. Geoffrey Le Guilcher, Steak Machine, Éditions Goutte d’Or, 2017, 200 p. How can anyone work in an abattoir? Over the last few months, in a context in which the association L214 has denounced the conditions in...

The power of flowers in detective novels

Flowers (fleurs in French) are part of the recurring vocabulary in detective novels and are present in more or less fixed expressions. For example potential victims have “nerfs à fleur de peau” (frayed nerves), suspects are “effleurés par un soupcon” (vaguely suspected) like Henriette in The Queen’s Necklace 1 a short...

Writing has to sing!

How music is composed Music is written on beautiful carefully lined-up staves. It is written in a clef, with a rhythm and in bars. It is written using semibreves, minims, crotchets, quavers, semiquavers or tuplets between some of which there may be rests. It is written both on paper and...