- Publisher: Gallic Books
- Date of publication: June 26, 2017
- Pages: 144
- Genre: Literary fiction / humour
A collector unearths the find of a lifetime: an eighteenth-century portrait of a man uncannily like him. While wandering through a Paris auction house, avid collector Pierre-François Chaumont is stunned to discover the eighteenth-century portrait of an unknown man who looks just like him. Much to his delight, Chaumont’s bid for the work is successful, but back at home his jaded wife and circle of friends are unable to see the resemblance. Chaumont remains convinced of it, and as he researches into the painting’s history, he is presented with the opportunity to abandon his tedious existence and walk into a brand new life.
MEET THE AUTHOR: Antoine Laurain was born in Paris and is a journalist, antiques collector and the author of five novels. The President’s Hat, a charming fable set in the Mitterrand years, was awarded the Prix Landerneau Découvertes and the Prix Relay in 2012 and is published in English by Gallic.
It was a Waterstones Book Club book and ABA Indies Introduce pick in 2013. Antoine was chosen to represent France at European Literature Night 2014.
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Antoine Laurain has written a provocative and uncanny novella that takes place in Paris. The story revolves around a collector, an obsessive collector whose passion began as a child when he decided to start a rubber eraser collection. Pierre-Francois Chaumont is a lawyer is devoted to surrounding himself with beautiful objects. His obsession has landed him in trouble with his wife so he’s on the straight and narrow. Until he sees the portrait. The face is his own.
This story has a very different feel from the other novels the author has written. Whereas the stories such as “The Red Notebook” and “The President’s Hat” were good natured and lively, this tale is a tad darker with a hint something that is possibly otherworldly.
A good book to bring with you as you enjoy a cappuccino at your favourite cafe.