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This collection features Aymâe most celebrated short story 'The Man Who Walked through Walls' along with nine other tales of anarchic comedy arrested by moments of pathos. --... Read more
Marcel Ayme (1902-67) was one of the great French writers of the twentieth century. Born in the Franche-Comte of Eastern France, he never lost touch with his rural origins, which influenced much of his work. Initially perceived as a man of the left, throughout his life Ayme espoused causes from across the political spectrum, for example apparently supporting Mussolini's colonialism in Africa whilst also campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty. He attracted much controversy for his writings for collaborationist magazines during the Second World War, and his defence of Nazi-sympathising friends including Louis-Ferdinand Celine and Robert Brasillach in the post-war years. Nevertheless Ayme has remained hugely popular in France - this collection is particularly famous, and a dozen of his novels have been turned into films, among them the classics of French cinema La Traversee de Paris, La Vouivre and Uranus.
Raoul Cerusier, an entirely ordinary man, seems to have changed his identity somewhere between home and the Government Office he is visiting to obtain a document. Between blackmailing the secretary of his former self and seducing his own wife, Raoul is confronted with the dark realisation of his true nature.
The excellent Monsieur Dutilleul has always been able to pass through walls, but has never seen the point of his gift, given the general availability of doors. One day, however, his tyrannical boss drives him to desperate, creative measures; he develops a taste for intramural travel and becomes something of a show-off.
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