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Ecoute la pluie is a chapbook translation of Michèle Lesbre's novel - published for the first time in English with permission from SW Editeur.
Translated by Katie Assef.
Produced by WHOLE BEAST RAG.
The French expression travail de perte (practice of loss) refers to a process of self-erasure, the dual stripping of one's identity in order to arrive at a stark core of truth. The narrator of Michèle Lesbre's novel Ecoute la pluie (SW Editeur, 2013) undergoes such a change, literally overnight, after witnessing a man leap to his death in the Parisian métro. Too shaken to board the train to meet her lover, she instead walks the street of Paris, in the rain, until dawn. Her emotional landscape seems to merge with the urban one, which is often described as decaying or forgotten--the city, too, seems stripped of all its defenses, its charms.
As the narrator wanders, she feels a need to enact and play witness to the moment of trauma, to reenter the scene on the train platform again and again: "...it was at me, and at no one else, that he had smiled," she repeats to herself, "and toward me that he had moved before he jumped." The fallen corpse of a stranger becomes the imploding center of her world, and she finds herself going back and revisiting locations of pain in her past, embarking on a journey that is also her travail de perte.