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ONE MINUTE AND FORTY-NINE SECONDS (working title)

Riss (pseudonym of Laurent Sourisseau)

  • Original Title: UNE MINUTE QUARANTE-NEUF SECONDES
  • Publication date: October 2019
  • Publisher: ACTES SUD
  • Country: FR
  • 336 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: France
  • Themes: FAMILY, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Death, Resilience, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Terrorism, Obscurantism, Fanaticism, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, Friendship, Social relations

Pitch

A memoir of the Charlie Hebdo shooting by a survivor, the publishing director of the newspaper. It alternates the present time about the attack with memories of the author, all related to death or separation - the first time he saw a dead person at 11, the year he worked as an assistant in a funeral home as a young man, etc.

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Translation rights sold: Spain (offer)

Laurent "Riss" Sourisseau is a French cartoonist and author. Since 1992, he has worked for the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. He was present in the meeting during the attack at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters on 7 January 2015 and was hospitalised with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He is now the publishing director of the magazine, and he owns 70% of the shares.

Summary

A memoir of the Charlie Hebdo shooting. The author is the publishing director of Charlie Hebdo and a survivor of the attack. It alternates the present time about the attack with memories of the author, all related to death or separation - the first time he saw a dead person at 11, his grandfather, the year he worked as an assistant in a funeral home as a young man... It is also very polemical against French society which refuses in a sense the Charlie Hebdo survivors and makes a parallel with the complicated and similar situation of the nazi lagers survivors after WWII.

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  • Author’s biography

    Laurent "Riss" Sourisseau (born 1966) is a French cartoonist and author. Since 1992, he has worked for the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. He was present in the meeting during the attack at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters on 7 January 2015 and was hospitalised with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He is now the publishing director of the magazine, and he owns 70% of the shares.