Avril : Alexandre, ou qu'est-ce que la vérité ? d'Arno Schmidt chez Tristram évidemment. Le roman raconte la descente de l’Euphrate d’un jeune élève d’Aristote en compagnie d’une petite troupe de comédiens rencontrés par hasard. L'homme va rejoindre son oncle qui est un des officiers de la garde rapprochée d’Alexandre le Grand à Babylone. Au fil de son voyage et des discussions avec les comédiens notées au jour le jour dans son journal, il perd peu à peu ses illusions sur le conquérant qu’il adulait plus que tout. La belle chanteuse et danseuse Monika achève de le déniaiser, tandis que le tyran agonise, empoisonné. "Avec sa précision tatillonne coutumière et des anachronismes revendiqués comme tels, indique le dossier de presse, Schmidt brosse ici les derniers jours de l’empire macédonien à l’aide d’un récit qui est une sorte de petit « roman d’initiation » à rebours. Le débriefing du jeune narrateur est radical et féroce. Il s’agit évidemment d’une distanciation au sens brechtien du terme, qui doit éveiller dans l’esprit des lecteurs la problématique de l’adhésion en masse du peuple allemand et de certains intellectuels à un régime mégalomane et sanguinaire."
Avril encore : L'homme qui tombe de Don DeLillo, chez Actes Sud, dont on reparlera - ici, ou chez Fluctuat. Falling Man concerns a survivor of the 9/11 attacks and the effect his experiences on that day have on his life thereafter. As the novel opens, Keith Neudecker, a 39-year-old lawyer who works in the World Trade Center, escapes from the building injured slightly and walks to the apartment he previously shared with his son Justin and estranged wife Lianne. After a period of convalescence recuperating from the physical and mental trauma experienced in the attack, Keith resumes his domestic routine with Lianne while at the same time broaching a romantic relationship with a woman named Florence, another survivor, whose briefcase Keith absently took with him from a stairwell upon exiting the tower. Lianne meanwhile grows frustrated with a neighbor in her building who loudly plays middle-eastern sounding music, witnesses the dissolution of a writing group she ran for Alzheimer's patients, and spends time with her elderly intellectual mother Nina and her boyfriend Martin (an art dealer who may or may not have been involved with a Baader-Meinhof-like terrorist group in Germany in the 1960s). In the second half of the novel, Keith eventually abdicates his partially-resumed domestic life and begins touring the world playing in professional poker tournaments full-time, recalling his weekly poker nights with co-workers, one of whose deaths he witnessed on 9/11.Throughout the book, Lianne sees a performance artist dubbed "Falling Man" in various parts of the city. Wearing business attire, he suspends himself upside-down with rope and a harness in the pose of the man in the famous photograph of the same name by Richard Drew.
Enfin, et toujours au printemps : La chambre aux échos de Richard Powers, dans la collection Lot 49 de Claro et Hofmarcher. "On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter flips his truck in a near-fatal accident. His older sister, Karin, his only near kin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when he emerges from a protracted coma, Mark believes that this woman — who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister — is really an impostor. Shattered by her brother's refusal to recognize her, Karin contacts the cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber, famous for his case histories describing brain disorders. Weber recognized Mark's condition as a rare case of Capgras syndrome — the delusion that people in one's life are doubles or impostors — and eagerly investigates. What he discovers in Mark slowly undermines even his own sense of being. Meanwhile, Mark, armed only with a note left by an anonymous witness, attempts to learn what happened the night of his inexplicable accident.