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“Being invited to Polars du sud for the second year is a great thing. I often went there as a great fan of detective literature, because it is undoubtedly one of the most important literary fairs in the South-West. “
With Toulouse authors
This devourer of black novels today author, it is Nicolas druart, who this year published her third novel, the thrilling “The Enclave”, with Harper Collins Noir, in 2021. Like Benoît Séverac, Cédric Sire and many others, Druart is an author from Toulouse that we enjoy meeting at Polars du Sud, who does honor to authors from around the world without ever forgetting those from here.
The strange echo of the Covid …
Sponsored by Argentinian writer Carlos Salem, the 2021 edition turns its back on the difficult months and celebrates the joy of rediscovering writers, books and readers.
Has the pandemic started to irrigate black novels? It is undoubtedly too early to say it, but the reading of certain works written before the crisis already resonates strangely.
This enclave of Nicolas Druart is a “forbidden zone” in Aveyron. For a few months, the disappearances follow one another while a monster terrorizes the locals… Skillfully constructed, the novel plunges us into a fantasized and disturbing Lot valley, a possible metaphor for a paranoid and sick world. “I found it interesting to write a first part about the characters inside the enclave and a second which would bring an outside perspective on the place, the locals …”
“Writing is a very lonely activity”
This perfectly mastered thriller confirms Druart’s talent for playing on our nerves. And we have to believe that we like it:
“I like these meetings with the public. They are all different: a shy reader will just ask me for a dedication, another tells me the story he is writing, another will tell me what he thought of the book … writing is a very lonely activity; meeting people who have read or are going to read his book is a way of continuing to bring it to life … ”.
During the Renaissance and throughout the region
This proximity that Polars du Sud allows with the heavyweights of the genre and rising authors – we will meet this year Caryl Férey, Hervé Le Corre, Laurent Mauvignier, Victor Del Arbol, Marin Ledun and many others – makes it an unmissable event at the Renaissance bookstore, but also around: in schools, cinemas, libraries.
A treasure hunt in town
And, like every year, Toulouse becomes a vast game board. And it is Nicolas Druart who was chosen to design the scenario: “I am very happy and proud to have designed this“ treasure hunt ”in the streets of the city. This is a series of puzzles to be solved to unravel the mystery of the suicide of a young girl harassed in her college… ”
More than ever, the thriller takes the pulse of our cities, our lives and, when you least expect it, hits hard and fair, like a right hook to the chin.
1, allée Marc Saint-Saëns, metro Basso-Cambo.
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