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(en) France, UCL AL #336 - Culture, Read: Baglin, "Indoor" (ca, de, fr, it, pt, tr) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 17 May 2023 08:18:02 +0300

The proletariat, the factory, work in general are rarely the subject of good literature. If the proletarian writers bring their experience, they generally write in an academic style imitated from the classics, not very creative. The others quickly sink into misery, poeticization or heroization that lead to portraits that ring false. Living in or coming from the working world cannot be invented. ---- En salle is a perfectly accomplished first novel. The story interweaves the memories of a working childhood and the present of a job at Mac'do. A precise sense of the observation of a worker's daughter, the words of the father, the life of an ordinary family. With simple, direct sentences and a perfectly mastered rhythm that punctuates the repeated gestures of the child who has become an employee at Mac'do, the relationships with colleagues and bosses where only incidents with customers and machine breakdowns come to shake up daily life.

Claire Baglin thus joins Robert Linhart and François Bon, already published by Editions de Minuit. These two authors and this author share the same talent for describing working conditions and the factory. It is likely that Baglin will not stay at the factory longer than Linhart and Bon... but his story draws on the flesh of experience. In the center, this Mac'do, both the dream of workers' children and also a factory.

The worker triptych of the editions of Minuit reveals, incidentally, the political collapse of the working class over the last forty years. Linhart in L'Établi, published in 1978, delivered a one-year experience at Citroën, detailing the union and political postures at stake. who failed. But no reference to the slightest collective resistance, neither in childhood memories nor in his present fast food at Baglin. That's how things go...

And yet the revolt rumbles muted in this very beautiful novel. Under the cobblestones, embers.

Jean-Yves (UCL Limousin)

Claire Baglin, Indoor, editions of Minuit, 2022, 160 pages, 16 euros.
Read also:

Robert Linhart, L'Établi, editions of Minuit, 1981, 178 pages, 7 euros.
François Bon, Leaving the factory, editions of Minuit, 2001, 169 pages, 8 euros.

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