The President's Hat
This prize-winning French bestseller is an enthralling fantasy in regards to the energy of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster journey via French lifestyles in the course of the Mitterrand years.
Dining by myself in a chic Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly ever think his eyes whilst President François Mitterrand sits all the way down to devour on the desk subsequent to him.
After the presidential occasion has long gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand's black felt hat has been left in the back of. After a couple of moments' soul-searching, Daniel makes a decision to maintain the hat as a keepsake of a rare night. it is a excellent healthy, and as he leaves the eating place Daniel starts to suppose in some way . . . different.
Has Daniel unwittingly came upon the key of preferrred power?
For years the enduring merchandise of headgear performs with the lives of the boys and girls who put on it, bringing them good fortune that had formerly eluded them. Antoine Laurain's brilliantly orchestrated journey captures wonderful photographs of a wealthy gallery of characters.
Shot via with a scrumptious, depraved humorousness, The President's Hat is a shiny new version of the standard lifetime of an era.
"As enjoyable because it is unique, this can be a tale to take pleasure in like a chocolate with a shock centre."—Marie France
"An stress-free journey into the guts of the 1980s."—Le Figaro
"Impossible to resist"—L'Express
Antoine Laurain used to be born in Paris. he's a author, collector, and director of numerous brief films.
Acquaintance could choose to dine on the related position made him flip around whenever the door opened. once they have been jointly in Paris, Édouard might inform his spouse he was once on a work trip to a different a part of the rustic or in a foreign country. This intended swotting up on teach timetables, airport moves and any neighborhood fairs he will be anticipated to understand approximately, having supposedly been on the town for them. Fanny understood that the strain to stick on his feet was once a burden on him; she, nevertheless, replied.
Dinner. once they got here within the head waiter, a guy with crew-cut gray hair, had requested them if they’d booked, after which hunted for the identify Aslan on his checklist. ‘Allow us to teach you in your table,’ he acknowledged, nodding to a waiter, who instantly moved quickly over. They opened the purple leatherette menu and commenced to learn. The plateau royal de culmination de mer (3 humans) used to be framed in the course of the web page, in stylish calligraphy: fines de claire gillardeau, a crab, forms of clam, langoustines, whelks, sea.
arise in blotches mins after wasting his marriage ceremony ring within the sea. yet I digress, Mademoiselle, and should bore you no additional with my illnesses, that have for the reason that been so much successfully taken care of. Your very positive tale, ‘The Hat’, is, for me, the epilogue to a really own come upon with our black Homburg. You inform me that the top of your tale is right. there's, then, no wish. How am i able to start to song down the bearded guy within the sheepskin jacket, who picked it up off the bench in Parc Monceau?.
‘It’s concerning the eating place bookings diary. support me and the note’s all yours.’ ‘Go on,’ stated the barman, relocating closer. ‘Where are my 5 coffees?’ referred to as the waiter. Unconsciously, Daniel had taken proposal from his favorite fictional detective, Parisian gumshoe Nestor Burma and from Mike Hammer on Canal +. Véronique by no means ignored an episode. every time he advised somebody that he was once a personal detective, Hammer, performed by means of Stacy Keach, continually received their complete realization. And because it became out.
fabric recompense, his want, his dream, his heart’s wish were granted. He had turn into the fourth visitor on the President’s desk. Epilogue The black-and-white photo was once so superbly published it may possibly virtually were a Cartier-Bresson. the image confirmed Daniel Mercier on his manner out of the SOGETEC development, the black felt hat on his head. the fellow within the gray tie seemed closely at his colleague, ahead of turning to the President. ‘We can get it again, Monsieur le.