Aline Berger, Belgian thirty year young person, are sitting alone, in North's Station, and think of the course which she must give to the University on Virginia Woolf and one of her novels, Orlando. The subject annoys her terribly, as her life, moreover, which it can not have no relief. “And if sex were changed?” she wonders suddenly. Why not become a man, this young man, there, in front of her, who his a little dark mine does not hide to Aline a body apollonian?
As soon as thought, as soon as transferred. By the favor of one does not know which joker spirit, Aline finds herself soon in the skin from abroad of which she is not long in sharing the feelings, good and bad. This novel is the literary incarnation of this phantasm that any woman probably must have one day, was this in secrecy: to become the different one, the truncated share of the sphere of Plato, adorned of this small additional detail of which all small girl is one day felt frustrated in the discovery of her body.
In this original text which does not hide its inspirations - Woolf, naturally, and Julien Green and his If I were you - Jacqueline Harpman offers a facetious and erudite think to us on the identity. Until where cans one drive back his super-ego before it is not avenged? Because Aline will remain Aline in her body and her life, leaving without realizing her share of it shade to take again a new life in a new dress: the body of Lucien Lefrenne, young lost boy as much as mysterious. This obscure side is the result of all hidden frustrations of the child who struggled in him and whom the strange turn of magic provided with an independent envelope.
What Harpman tells us there, it is the history of an improbable separation and one lived quite as amazing? The humor of the author, her culture and her style make of this novel a short and subtle true enchantment.