Régis Goddyn
L’Ensorceleur des choses menues

In a land of lakes and mountains where no-one is supposed to know what lies on the other side, lived Barnabéüs, an enchanter of small things. His shop didn’t look much, but by dint of hard work he had forged a good reputation in the neighbourhood. He would be called out to cast a locking spell or to reverse the flow of a spring, so that the water went upstairs. It had been three months since he had taken retirement and had started to write his memoirs. To this end he had acquired a writing desk; the first real luxury he had ever possessed.

Raised in the upper echelons of society, the eldest son of an intractable magus, Barnabéüs had been prepared one day to go on a voyage to Agraam-Dilith - the white city, the city of the magi, the secret city that no-one could find unless he were a magus himself. Proud and handsomely dressed young people leave to go there, wearing capes in their family colours. Months later, they return, having grown up in everyone’s eyes. Now they can eat at their parents’ table while their younger siblings remain sitting apart.

A dramatic turn of events: at the end of Barnabéüs’s adolescence, he should have been going there with his mother, but instead she takes his brother Palpoternim…

Just when he is about to start on his memoirs, Barnabéüs is diverted from his task by Prune, a young girl who asks for his help to find her betrothed, who had left with his father for Agraam-Dilith many months ago. Barnabéüs refuses categorically to do so. However one morning, as he is going out to buy some vegetables, he sees Prune being mistreated in the street; so with a wicker basket on his arm, he gets on board a boat to protect her…

There are no swords and no horses in this fantasy. Régis Goddyn examines the bonds of transmission between generations and imagines a society where the desire to live knows no bounds. Would one commit infanticide if it were a pathway to eternity?         


Benjamin Carré
February 21, 2019
Grand format
23,90 €
14,5 x 20 cm

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