Sylvain Prudhomme: “The photo is a trigger for writing, it reduced to the essential”

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Like Sacha, the narrator of By roads, Sylvain Prudhomme has just reached this shadow line, around forty, “where one ceases to become in order to be”. Yet he still has that adolescent look, graying out of coquetry. We could see it this summer on the terraces of Arles, the city that serves as its home port. It was that blessed moment between two confinements. But at the start of the year, the interview is being held by telephone. The thirteen stories that make up Storms were all written during this summer break. “These are decisive moments, lived or imagined. The discovery of the short form: soundings in different directions, explorations lasting three or four days, less burdensome than setting up a novel. ”

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