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Underground Time

Underground Time

Author(s): Delphine de Vigan

Location(s): Paris

Genre(s): Fiction, Novella

Era(s): Modern



Each morning Mathilde takes the Metro to her job in the marketing department of a large French corporation. Ever since a disagreement with her narcissistic boss, life in the office has taken a turn for the worse.

On the other side of Paris, paramedic Thibault is getting over an affair with a woman with whom he connects in bed, but who barely looks at him when dressed.

This classy novelette, judiciously translated by George Miller, follows Mathilde and Thibault as they negotiate the start of an unpromising summer. But despite a close encounter at the Gare de Lyon, and the reader’s fervent wishes, the commuters fail to send out the right signals.

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The action all takes place in Paris on a single day in May and it follows the lives of two interesting, but deeply unhappy people, Mathilde and Thibault. It is easy to picture the...

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