From one novel to the next, the French writer Grégoire Delacourt always manages to make us go through a whole range of emotions. What also applies to his youngest, One day will come orange color.
For us, it has almost become a ritual. Every time Grégoire Delacourt signs a new novel, we rush to interview him. Because we love his pen, of course, but above all because we love his stories which, from time to time, always manage to move us. And One day will come orange color, his youngest, is no exception to the rule. With a title taken from the poem One day one day of Louis Aragon, it could hardly be otherwise.
“I wanted to tell a love story between two teenagers,” explains the French writer, who now lives in New York. I wanted to work on that period again and I wondered: but what is so beautiful about these loves of youth? A question he quickly answers: “The beautiful thing is this immense hope for a better life. Love is above all a hope. But we are in a world where there is enormous anger. But anger is also a hope. We are angry because there is something we cannot reach. So if we cross these two hopes, what happens? “
To find out, Grégoire Delacourt had the idea of staging two young people who are totally different from each other: Geoffroy, a 13-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome who cannot stand being touched since. her earliest childhood, and Djamila, a beautiful 15-year-old girl with Veronese green eyes, who can no longer be soiled by the eyes of men.
“These two will really love each other and when they come into contact with them, all the adults who revolve around them will gradually open up to a world of hope,” adds Grégoire Delacourt.
Respect for differences
Far from being the kind of Romeo we are used to, Geoffroy also destabilized his own parents for a very long time, having a different child posing his share of challenges. “Asperger’s children have a more mathematical, more solitary way of seeing the world, and I found it interesting that Geoffroy had a purer vision, underlines Grégoire Delacourt. It allowed me to paint a portrait of a child who would see the world as a child. “
Although the first few years were not easy, Louise, who is now a nurse on the palliative care floor of a regional hospital, has learned to appreciate this special son, whose memory is absolutely stupendous. It was with Pierre, her father, that things went a little less well. The latter in fact always has a lot of trouble understanding a kid who doesn’t like playing football, who hates being surprised, who never expresses his emotions, who can’t stand noise or who can’t not eat if their food is not presented from lightest to darkest. It bothers him, gets over him and, yes, makes him a little ashamed. So Peter is full of anger. And even more since he had to be content with a part-time security post, the paper and cardboard factory that employed him having thanked him.
A world to review
Before you even start to write One day will come orange color, Grégoire Delacourt knew exactly how the plot was going to end. In fact, he always knows how his novels are going to end. “A book is like an arrow,” he says. She has to go somewhere. It’s because I know the end that I can take sideways. I am not one of those travelers who go on an adventure. I know what I want to find. ”
On his way, there will be the yellow vests, Pierre could not help but demonstrate with a sign that says “We just want a fair life”. “It is because at the start, the yellow vests movement is very beautiful,” continues Grégoire Delacourt. Simple people like you and me who ask the people who are supposed to protect them what they have done with their lives, how they can take back their place among men and among the world. But the government, which is no longer equipped to organize people’s lives, has responded with force. “
“My book is therefore a fairy tale for adults,” concludes the writer. One way of saying that we have to rethink a world because, I am convinced, today’s world is no longer suitable for human beings. Otherwise, why would society suffer so much? As if we have no more dreams … “
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One day will come orange color