Translation by: femme/300/7 November 2005
An amazing book!
Reading this book was a magical experience. It is an ode to love with as many good points as bad. An impossible love, a non-reciprocal love, a stroke of terrible luck, tragic love (but is there a love that exists that is not tragic?) are present in all their forms.
To love and to suffer-Barjavel transcends this obligatory life passage for whoever wants to experience love. Simon attests to the suffering involved in loving someone with his confused and troubled feelings.
Barjavel also denounces the absurdity of war and describes a revolt lead by the young people as the voice of all people. Here the world belongs to the men. The Man is capable of everything, master of his destiny and of Science in the service of Truth. This is a love story that has been told over the greater part of the last one million years. We only have literature to make us live through all of that!
This double intrigue, this story of profound love surrounding a "perfect but not so perfect" society, literally caused me to daydream during my adolescence when I held the book in my hands for the first time and later on when I rediscovered it.
The words, "I belong to Paikan. I belong to Elea," have never stopped resounding in my head. As for Zoran's personal equation, I am always waiting for him to demonstrate it, even if ionly intuitively. Why not?
For those who are critical of an outlook which is a bit naive, don't forget that this work first appeared in 1968. Make love, not war!