By Alain Robbe-Grillet
Nous sommes à Berlin, en novembre 1949. H. R., agent subalterne d’un provider français de renseignement et d’interventions hors normes, arrive dans l’ancienne capitale en ruine, à laquelle il se croit lié par un memento confus, remontant par bouffées de sa très jeune enfance. Il y est aujourd’hui chargé d’une undertaking dont ses cooks n’ont pas cru bon de lui dévoiler l. a. signification réelle, préférant n’en fournir que les éléments indispensables pour l’action qu’on attend de son aveugle fidélité. Mais les choses ne se passent pas comme prévu…
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The flashlight beam did not quiver on the mahogany floor. In the sidelights that flanked the front door, the panes of glass were nearly as dark as the wooden muntins that separated them from one another. The sun had sunk far down the gullet of the storm. John could not be sure that the sound had been real. He might have summoned it from memory, from twenty years in the past. He went to the living room, from where the ringing might have come. The double doors—added to the archway after Sandra’s accident, to convert this space to a ground-floor bedroom—stood wide open.
Longer than you would believe, Johnny. ” “It matters to me,” John Calvino said. Pulses of lightning brightened the windows, and fat beads of rain quivered down the panes, leaving a tracery of arteries that throbbed on the glass with each bright palpitation. “I killed my mother first, in her wheelchair in the kitchen. She was getting a carton of milk from the refrigerator. ” Billy stopped rolling his head, but he continued to face the ceiling, eyes still closed. His mouth hung open. He raised his hands to his chest and slid them slowly down his torso.
John could not be sure that the sound had been real. He might have summoned it from memory, from twenty years in the past. He went to the living room, from where the ringing might have come. The double doors—added to the archway after Sandra’s accident, to convert this space to a ground-floor bedroom—stood wide open. Bedclothes had been neatly turned down, but Sandra had died before retiring for the night. No one, with or without bells, waited there. John had no interest in any remaining ground-floor rooms.