Didier van Cauwelaert, tracker of marvels

Didier van Cauwelaert. Elodie Gregoire/ABACA

PORTRAIT –Le Goncourt 1994, a writer whose abundant and protean work often refers to mystery and the abnormal, tackles in his latest book these miracles which defy or exceed the laws of nature.

On what grounds should we deprive ourselves of the marvelous? It is this question that seems, with each breath, to answer Didier van Cauwelaert. “It exists, we must let it live !”, whispers the writer, smiling as usual, and snuggled into the comfortable sofas of the aptly named Bar de l’Abbaye… “The marvelous is in danger of death if we don’t talk about it! We must allow that which thwarts the spirit of fatality to blossom.” It is an understatement to say that the latest work of the author with such abundant work once again gives pride of place to the extraordinary: The Insolence of Miracles (Plon) goes on a quest, in the form of a documented story rather than a novel, for the impossible that becomes possible.

Let the reader – even a believer – who does not feel ready to endure a few protests from his reason challenged by the overabundance of inexplicable phenomena, move on. The others will frequent, in these approximately 250 effervescent pages full of a form of joy, the crossed paths of Padre…

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