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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221256848
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 208
Size : 135 x 215 mm
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Periander

Release date : 13/01/2022
A mother’s love for her son – the root of all evil
“All the women would be at his feet. They all would give him their everything because she had given him everything. But only she would be loved by him with the purest and most absolute of all loves, only she would be the first amongst all these women, for centuries... “All the women would be at his feet. They all would give him their everything because she had given him everything. But only she would be loved by him with the purest and most absolute of all loves, only she would be the first amongst all these women, for centuries to come. Not one of them would be able to measure up to her because she was his mother […]And as long as he would continue to listen to her, to fulfill the wishes and decisions she already had taken in his stead, solely in his best interest, for his own good, and as long as he would continue to show her the same unconditional, exclusive and total love, all the beauty, joy and riches of this world would be his”.
A woman gets pregnant with a boy, but she not only becomes a mother: from now on, she is invested with the most sacred of all missions in the universe which is to bear a child. She is a whole reigning over the whole world – like Cratea, incestuous and possessive mother to Periander, second tyrant of Ancient Corinth. Thus mother and son become united by a fusional and necessarily unhealthy relationship. Even though the mother has abandoned her art studies to dedicate herself entirely to the upbringing of her son, she counts on her child to accomplish her destiny and by so doing to glorify herself. And this is how the son, down the years, becomes the masterpiece of his mother: a seductive man, a brilliant art expert and appraiser who excels in everything…Until the day he meets his future wife. The omnipresent, intrusive and perverse mother accepts her daughter in law, but only to be able to manipulate, smother and break her. How could she ever measure up to her? And when her daughter in law gets pregnant with a boy, the mother knows that this little child, her grandson, her own flesh, will be, he too, her own masterpiece…
Exploring the Periander complex in an uncompromisingly intelligent and highly precise way, Harold Cobert narrates the rise and fall of a boy who has become a man and the cold insanity of a mother. The result is a brilliantly entertaining novel that skillfully blends modernism with tradition and myth with suspense.
 
Key points:
A modern rewrite of an ancient myth
A best-selling author:
His first successful novel, A Winter with Baudelaire, published in 2009, has sold over 30,000 copies in France and almost 100,000 abroad – 50,000 in Germany alone.
The Chickadee and the She Ogre, published in 2016, has sold over 6,700 copies and has been adapted into a television movie by Yves Rénier – The Hunt, broadcasted in 2021 on the major channel TF1.
Belle-Amie, published by Les Escales in 2019 and reprinted by Pocket in 2020 has already sold 6, 300 copies.
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EAN : 9782221256848
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 208
Size : 135 x 215 mm
Robert Laffont