Le Premier Jour de paix (The First Day of Peace)
“Peace is not the goal. It is the answer.”
Aureliano is tired of the 21st century, its famines, droughts and wars. His people are killing one another, isolated between the Colombian jungle and the ocean, prisoner of their own resentments. The only way out is through outside help, hence the thousands of “emissaries” traveling the world, such as Esfir, trying to contain the tide of violence.
While Aureliano looks to the shore and Esfir to the next hamlet, others are still dreaming, staring up at the stars… Like a backward tracking shot, this climatic anticipation begins with the exploration of intimate conflicts and gradually expands its scope. Whatever the scale, resolving them is a pressing need. And it could offer humanity an unexpected future: the seriousness of the situation does not rule out hope…
“The First Day of Peace is a striking novel, full of relevant questions about our present choices and their impact on the future. Is this path towards a fairer life viable? That is for you to decide, but the novel is undoubtedly right about one thing: we need to take action.”