This prize-winning French bestseller is a charming fable about the power of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through French life during the Mitterrand years.
Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him.
After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand's black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments' soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It's a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow . . . different.
Has Daniel unwittingly discovered the secret of supreme power?
For two years the iconic item of headgear plays with the lives of the men and women who wear it, bringing them success that had previously eluded them. Antoine Laurain's brilliantly orchestrated tour captures entertaining portraits of a rich gallery of characters.
Shot through with a delicious, wicked sense of humor, The President's Hat is a vivid re-creation of the everyday life of an era.
"As entertaining as it is original, this is a story to enjoy like a chocolate with a surprise centre."—Marie France
"An enjoyable trip into the heart of the 1980s."—Le Figaro
"Impossible to resist"—L'Express
Antoine Laurain was born in Paris. He is a writer, collector, and director of several short films.
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Antoine Laurain was born in Paris in the early 1970s. He is a writer, collector and director of several short films.Review:
'Enjoy it for its fabulistic narrative, and the way it teeters pleasantly on the edge of Gallic whimsy'
NICHOLAS LEZARD - THE GUARDIAN
'An inspired and delicious fable'
'A clever game of cat-and-mouse, bringing back a whole host of memories of the period it perfectly re-enacts'
'This is a simple tale that is entertaining, but it is also a tale that speaks more profoundly of the human attachment to objects as desired sources of power.'
'Laurain's gentle, satirical humor remind this reviewer of Jacques Tati's classic films, and, no, you don't have to know French politics to enjoy this charming novel. Fans of Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog will want this.'
LIBRARY JOURNAL. Starred review
'I loved this book for its quirky story, its embracing humanism, its clever reenactment of the 1980s with all those ’80s icons of art and politics, and its wonderful characters.'
'A whimsical flavor of Paris. The characters are warm, believable and authentic, the setting and situations are well drawn which all contribute to making this a captivating, quick read.'
MONSTERS & CRITICS
Winner of the Prix Landerneau Découvertes and Prix Relay des Voyageurs
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Buchbeschreibung Gallic Books Apr 2013, 2013. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - When an ordinary accountant is joined by President Francois Mitterand for dinner in an elegant Parisian brasserie he can hardly believe his luck, but when the President leaves his hat behind and Daniel puts it on, he discovers he no longer feels ordinary. 'An enjoyable trip into the heart of the 1980s' 'Le Figaro' Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781908313478