văn chương thư giản mùa ôn dịch :Lettre d’amour sans le dire/tạm dịch “Thư tình không nói đến !”-Amand Sthers/

Amanda Sthers*

Alice a 48 ans, c’est une femme empêchée, prisonnière d’elle-même, de ses peurs, de ses souvenir douloureux (origines modestes, native de Cambrai, séduite et abandonnée, fille-mère, chassée de chez elle, cabossée par des hommes qui l’ont toujours forcée ou ne l’ont jamais aimée). Ancienne professeur de français, elle vit dans ses rêves et dans les livres auprès de sa fille, richement mariée et qui l’a installée près d’elle, à Paris.
Tout change un beau jour lorsque, ayant fait halte dans un salon de thé, Alice est révélée à elle-même par un masseur japonais d’une délicatesse absolue qui la réconcilie avec son corps et lui fait entrevoir, soudain, la possibilité du bonheur.
Cet homme devient le centre de son existence : elle apprend le japonais, lit les classiques nippons afin de se rapprocher de lui. Enfin, par l’imaginaire, Alice vit sa première véritable histoire d’amour. Pendant une année entière, elle revient se faire masser sans jamais lui signifier ses sentiments, persuadée par quelques signes, quelques gestes infimes qu’ils sont réciproques.
Le jour où elle maitrise assez la langue pour lui dire enfin ce qu’elle ressent, l’homme a disparu…
D’où la lettre qu’elle lui adresse, qui lui parviendra peut-être, dans laquelle elle se raconte et avoue son amour. Tendre, sensuelle, cette lettre est le roman que nous avons entre les mains : l’histoire d’un éveil. Ce qu’Alice n’a pas dit, elle l’écrit magnifiquement. Prête, enfin, à vivre sa vie.

Amanda Sthers was born in Paris and now lives in Los Angeles. She has written eleven novels, which have been translated into more than fifteen languages. To highlight just of few of these works, her 2005 novel Chicken Street was named by the Italian press as the best book of the year; her 2007 novel Madeleine has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. She wrote the only authorized biography of the French superstar Johnny Hallyday, that was also a best seller ( more than 600 000 copies) and her 2015 novel Promises (in French, Les Promesses) was named by Elle magazine as one of its picks for top ten novels of the year and selected in all the prestigious French literary prizes. As a playwright, Sthers has also received critical acclaim for her staged works. Sthers’ 2006 Old Blonde Jew ( Le vieux juif blonde) was enacted at the Théâtre des Mathurins in Paris to critical acclaim for her writing and garnered the lead actresses Mélanie Thierry and Aurore Auteuil, Molière nominations. The Molière Awards are the French equivalent of a Tony Award for Broadway performances in the United States. Moreover, this play has become a mainstay of the curriculum at Harvard University’s theatre courses. « Le Lien » was a big success at the prestigious Avignon Festival. Many of her seven plays have traveled outside of her native France and have been re-staged at prominent venues around the world. In 2011 she was made a Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government for her significant and original contributions to the literary arts. Evolving as a screenwriter and director with the addition of films to her repertoire, Sthers debuted with her 2009 film Je vais te manquer starring Carole Bouquet, Michael Lonsdale, and Mélanie Thierry. All of these actors have won or have been nominated for the César Award, the national film award of France. Her latest film Madame starring multiple award winners Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, and Rossy de Palma in the lead roles debuted in Sydney, Australia in August 2017 and was released in the US last March after a release throughout Europe, Asia, Russia and the South America. (it was sold in more than 50 countries). Amanda also wrote one of the most successful French TV series « Camera Café », fifteen years ago and recently a Christmas romantic comedy (Coup de foudre à Noël) which was the biggest French audience of the year on TF1. Last year, she adapted her novel “Les Terres Saintes » into « Holy Lands » an English language film which is now in post-production which stars Rosanna Arquette, James Caan, Tom Hollander, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Holy Lands will be published by Bloomsbury in January 2019.

Dans son nouveau roman, “Lettre d’amour sans le dire” publié chez Grasset, Amanda Sthers écrit une lettre à l’homme qui l’a ressuscité en redonnant à son corps les sensations qu’il avait oubliées. Le charme des tempes vieillissantes est souvent décrit chez les hommes, tandis qu’à l’inverse une femme vieillissante est précipitée au degré zéro de la beauté et de l’exclusion. Pourquoi en est-on encore là ? Le poids de siècles de littérature où la femme est très peu présente pèse encore sur cette vision. “On vit dans une société judéo-chrétienne où le désir qui dépasse l’âge limite où la femme peut procréer est encore dérangeant”,affirme Amanda Sthers.

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