He has spent the last few years talking about himself, not lying, as he says. It all started in 2017 with the aptly named Stop with your lies. Even if in most of his novels he scrutinized the explosive dimension and the devastating power of human relations, even if, inevitably, there was a little of him in most of his characters, Philippe Besson had never signed a story. autobiographical. Licensed liar, according to a recurring maternal reproach, here is the storyteller suddenly telling the truth, evoking his first loves, these boys loved to the point of sometimes losing their sanity.