Foreign rights : Little and Nasty by Blaise Gauquelin
published in September 2007
- first novel -
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« Contrary to popular belief, girls are not all beautiful. »
What the press has to say :
"There are books, which, as materialistic and cynical as you can be, feel like they’re written for you. Little and Nasty, the first novel by Blaise Gauquelin and the first novel of the fall book release by the young and promising editor l’Altiplano, is one of them."
"In a now classic diagram of a good-for-nothing amongst other despicable and even more intolerable characters, Gauquelin skillfully gives us a lovely sarcastic text."
"A science fiction tale? A futuristic novel? Blaise Gauquelin holds the most cloven-hoofed of quills and guides it straight into the dark corners of our societies. (...) Satirical, [his] first novel is a matter of public health."
Le Matricule des Anges
Backcover text :
Two minutes before the opening credits for election night, the guests gather in front of the bad news tube. Standing, Vera dips nervously and regularly into her glass, ready to leap for the kitchen at the slightest request. The snob speaks and suddenly we see the face of the new chancelor appear. He has a very tawny complexion. « O mein Gott », gasps one of the guests, placing a plump hand in front of her mouth. Elected after the first round, the president of the Ö party – Ö as in Österreich – enters into history with fifty one percent of the votes. « Long live the tanned-one! Long live Branau! Long live the Schmarotzer! The freeloader! The parasite! » The three other candidates are dumbfounded. Vera falls back on the sofa and I feel like eating candy bars.
Balthazar was born to those people who do the work for others. He lives in the shadows of the rich and beautiful and doesn’t complain too much about it. When he’s not writing texts for the higher-ups to read onscreen, he puts his body at their disposition.
Until the day when Balthazar does something irreperable: he murders a « big guy ». His life is turned upside-down and suddenly he’s running away to a foreign country.
However, he will not find the calm he had hoped for. Austria, where he lands by chance, is in political upheaval: a populist dictator is setting up his regime.
Balthazar will make do with this situation as he has with the previous situations. But his ever-present cowardice finishes by catching up with him. Because when you kill a « big guy » you can be sure that what goes around, comes around.
In the time of French feudalism, the third estate was represented on all fours carrying the clergy and the nobility on its back. Today, striking the same pose, it ’s a matter of kissing ass so that everything runs smoothly. The protagonist of the novel has clearly understood this.
The sex scenes are crude. And yet it’s not by their explicitness that they become revolting but by the situations of social domination that they tend to symbolize. While these scenes are far from being the central topic of the work, they make up no less a permanent backdrop.
Little and Nasty is above all about the observation of power from below. Through an antihero’s eyes, jaded, cynical and profiteering, though sharp when it comes to his surroundings, we follow the surprisingly easy shift from a democratic State to a dictatorial State.
However, Little and Nasty is not especially tied to one country: here, Austria is simply a pretext for the telling of an ugly, universal fable.
Blaise Gauquelin was born in Lyon in 1980. A journalist for Austrian Public Radio (ORF) and a correspondent for Radio France and RFI, he currently lives in Vienna.
Little and Nasty is his first novel.