NO. 8, THIS TILTING WORLD
By Colette Fellous
Translated by Sophie Lewis
Foreword by Michèle Roberts
200 pages, paperback, isbn 978-1-9993318-0-1
Published: 16 September 2019
Tunisia, June 2015: on the night following the terrorist massacre of thirty-eight tourists on the beach of Sousse, a woman writes, facing the sea. As she takes stock, personal tragedies soon resurface.
Both an adieu and a love letter to Fellous’s motherland,This Tilting World closes a trilogy on the history of Tunisia’s Jewish community. From Tunisia to Paris, to a Flaubertian village in Normandy, and with nods to Proust and Barthes, Fellous offers a multitude of colourful portraits, taking the reader on a lyrical journey, and giving voice to those one rarely gets to hear, as well as loved ones now silent.
‘Crossing boundaries of form, This Tilting World is a memoir, an elegy, a love song, a family history full of holes. Colette Fellous writes as a witness, a citizen, an exile, a detective, a daughter, an explorer, a lover. Moving in memory back and forth between Tunisia and France, between childhood, adolescence and adulthood, she makes everything seem part of an urgent now.’– Michèle Roberts