Not a translation, but the slightest of edits to words from Elsa Marpeau to Aurélien Masson for NoirCon16, where Masson received the David Goodis Award.
Aurélien is a crazy man, a crazy editor.
Five years ago, I sent a sci-fi manuscript to Gallimard. Aurélien Masson read it and called me. He said this text could not be in Série Noire, but he would publish my other book.
“Which book?” I asked. There was obviously no next book yet.
He had seen me once, for hardly an hour, and even then I hadn’t known at the time that I was about to write this next book.
However, he committed to publishing it and I took him at his word.
I published my first book with Aurélien, and the second one too, and the fifth.
How crazy does that sound?
Titles at Gallimard.
Photo Catherine Hélie © Éditions Gallimard