An upside-down world
BEFORE THE WORLD IS IRREVERSIBLY TURNED USPIDE DOWN…
Stanislas is a ruthless Parisian stockbroker. Dédé is a homeless man – and a bit of a poet – who lives on the street, downstairs the businessman’s Paris apartment building. That world order seemed unshakable.
And then suddenly, a record-breaking heatwave hits the country and turns the world upside down. Between panic in the stock markets, electrical outages and fuel shortages, the climatic cataclysm is so huge that chaos reigns, and people take to the road. Stanislas and his wife are thrown into this unprecedented climatic exodus. They ask Dédé to cobble together a few bikes. Their goal is to reach the farm Stanislas and his wife had bought – as trendy investors – in the countryside.
The trip is a nightmare. Patrick, the farmer in charge of the land, receives them coldly. Between Stanislas, Sophie, Dédé, and Patrick, the cohabitation gets off to a rocky start. But in this upside-down world, the most stubborn certitudes will be shaken. And friendships that were once unlikely are formed to combat a cataclysm no one thought could ever happen.
A strong and positive message about ecology and the future of the world
A novel that is both sober and humorous
Nicolas Vanier sounds the alarm about the dramatic deterioration of our environment. He calls for a constructive ecology that prolongs what Pierre Rahbi, the Philosopher-Farmer, named a “Happy Sobriety.”
“All my life I’ve observed nature with my eyes and also my heart. The present worries me terribly. But mustn’t we smile at the absurdity of life in order to comprehend the magnitude of the impending chaos?” NICOLAS VANIER