パリにおける仕事・日常生活の忘れな草


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Mes amis mes amours、信号機のシルエット

朝の地下鉄で目の前で小説を読んでいる若い女の子がいて、結構大判で分厚くて重そうなのに熱心に読んでいました。

嫌でも本の表紙・裏表紙が目に入ってきて、でも折角なので、ペンを出してこっそり持っていた新聞にメモりました。

題名「Mes amis mes amours」、作者は「Marc Levy」なるロンドン在住のフランス人作家で、彼の第6作目の小説である、などと書いてありました。

今検索してみると、日本語のものではヒットしないのでまだ紹介されていないのかもしれませんが、欧米では随分当たっている作家のようです。

以下はサイトから貼り付けたものです。
【A warm and humourous tale of fatherhood, friendship and love that unfolds in the heart of London’s Frog Alley

When Mathias moves from Paris to South Kensington to join his best friend, Antoine, they decide to establish a new household for their kids by moving in together. They set themselves two ground rules: they will never call on babysitters, nor will they ever bring any girlfriends home. However, the reality of life "à quatre" is not always as straightforward as it could be…

It seemed like the perfect solution for two single fathers in their thirties. They would take turns looking after the children, divide household chores and keep each other company on lonely Sunday evernings. But such an intimate living arrangement quickly becomes strained, particularly when Mathias takes more than a passing interest in Audrey, a beautiful and ambitious young reporter who wanders into his bookshop one day…

As Antoine and Matthias juggle parental obligations, romantic intrigues and differences of opinion, we are drawn into the colorful world of Bute Street and the intertwining destinies of its locals…With its disarming cast of characters, and set against London at its most engaging, this tender and light-hearted novel is yet another triumph from France’s bestselling fiction author.

Praise for London, Mon Amour:

"This novel is sparkling, generous, and delicately bittersweet" -- Le Quotidien

"A male Bridget Jones" -- Elle Magazine

"400 pages of twists and turns, of feel good factor and touching moments of everyday life. A must-read for the beach. " -- Le Soir

Marc Levy has been France’s bestselling novelist for the past five years (source IPSOS). Published around the world (in 38 languages), he is an international phenomenon. In Germany, for example, all of his novels have reached the bestseller lists and his total German sales exceed 1.5 million copies. In Italy, Finding You (published in February 2006) reached number 4 on the bestseller list. DreamWorks’ production of If Only It Were True, directed by Mark Waters and starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, opened number 1 at the US box-office in September 2005 (under the title Just Like Heaven). It has since been released around the world. Marc Levy lives in London (on the fringe of Frog Alley).

Number of pages: 415 pages
Publication in France: July 2006】

機会があれば読めればと思っています。

さて、フランス語の研修で出た話です。男女の役割分担等の話の延長で、デンマーク人クラスメートが、「デンマークでいままで信号機の中に描かれていたのは男性だった。赤では男性が立ち止まっていて、青になると歩く姿が出てくるものであった。これが今女性のシルエットになってきている。男女の区別をなくすことに重点を置くなら、米国(ニューヨーク)式に「Walk」「Dont walk」が良いのかもしれない。」

と話していました。日本でもシルエットは男性だったような気がしますが、あれを女性のものに変えるというようなことはおよそ考えたこともありませんでした。いかにもヨーロッパ北部らしい動きだと思います。
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by vwpolopolopolo | 2006-11-03 22:30 | 職場文化