By Jean d'Ormesson
Pour se défendre dans un procès qu’il s’intente à lui-même, l’auteur fait défiler au galop un passé évanoui. Il va de l’âge d’or d’un classicisme qui règne sur l’Europe à l’effondrement de ce "monde d’hier" si cher à Stefan Zweig. De Colbert, Fouquet, Bossuet ou Racine à François Mitterrand, Raymond Aron, Paul Morand et Aragon. Mais les charmes d’une vie et les tourbillons de l’histoire ne suffisent pas à l’accusé : "Vous n’imaginiez tout de même pas que j’allais me contenter de vous débiter des souvenirs d’enfance et de jeunesse ? Je ne me mets pas très haut, mais je ne suis pas tombé assez bas pour vous livrer ce qu’on appelle des Mémoires." Les aventures d’un écrivain qui a aimé le bonheur et le plaisir en dépit de tant de malheurs cèdent peu à peu los angeles position à un regard plus grave sur le drame qui ne cesse jamais de se jouer entre le temps et l’éternité, et qui nous emportera.
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Extra resources for Je dirai malgré tout que cette vie fut belle
I don舗t look back on my yakuza childhood with longing, and I舗m well aware of the ugly things that yakuza do, but on the other hand I loved my father and I don舗t disrespect him for choosing the life he did. One of my earliest memories of my father is of the beautiful tattoo of Jibo Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, which covered his back. And of the tattooed young men in his gang who were always at our house. My decision to get a tattoo was like acknowledging my DNA, and I have derived great comfort and strength from this.
After gathering up my belongings, I went to the tiny hall where all of us who were leaving were presented with our middle school graduation certificates by the principal of the reform school. My parents had come to collect me, and they watched all this silently from the back of the room. The moment the leaving cereųmony was over, I ran over to them. 舠Let舗s go home,舡 said Dad with a smile, patting me on the shoulder. 舡 Dad舗s hand on my shoulder was warmer than the spring sun, and my mother was even laughing.
I舗ve had enough of being told what to do by assholes like you,舡 Tomonori yelled back, getting to his feet and bursting a bag of thinner in the guy舗s face. 舡 He fell to the ground with his hands over his eyes. 舡 I scrambled onto the back of Tomonori舗s metallic pink Honda CBX 400, fashionably customized with the high handlebars that were all the rage at that time, and with the seat cushions removed to make the seat lower. Looking at Tomonori舗s hand on the grip, it was hard to believe he had anything in common with the guy who had just tried to rape me.