The Literature Reading Club that operates in the Polyhedron, on Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 pm, discusses the book that was chosen at the last meeting of the summer. It is “Requiem for a democracy” by Kandaloub Thomas, published by Polis publications.
At our first meeting after summer vacation, in addition to the book chosen by the club members, there will be a short discussion of the books we read during our summer vacation.
Kandaloub divides his novel into chapters, in each of which he alternately narrates the story of the three central characters, disparate from each other, that the development of the plot will soon bring them together. Thus, the author succeeds in developing the plot satisfactorily and above all in clearly structuring the well-formed ‒despite their stereotypical characteristics‒ characters of the drama. Kandaloub maintains complete control of the story throughout the narrative, effortlessly sustaining the reader’s interest without going short on twists, providing clever solutions to potential dead ends, while enriching the main plot with parallel substories.
The historical-political dimension of the Requiem for a Republic is evident and intense. The author is partly based on real people and situations, which he adapts to the fictional needs of his narrative. Requiem for a Democracy is a complete and satisfying noir novel that will reward fans of the genre. The historical context, the political dimension, the idiosyncratic battle against oblivion and the background behind the official version of the story add further interest, features in which Kandaloub’s journalistic past shines through.
Thomas Candaloub was born in 1971 in Paris. He is a graduate of the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris and the Center for the Training of Journalists. From 1995 to 2020 he worked as a journalist and, from 1997 to 1999, as a correspondent for L’Humanité in Los Angeles, continuing his collaboration with other publications. In 1999 he returned to Paris and became deputy editor of L’Humanité Hebdo. In 2003 he settled in Washington as a correspondent for the newspaper Le Parisien and the magazines Marianne and La Vie, with journalistic assignments in Mexico, Iraq, Kuwait and Cuba. In 2008 he returned to France and until 2020 he worked for the Mediapart website as editor-in-chief of international issues and as a special envoy to the USA, the Balkans, Great Britain and many other countries. Since 2020, he has been devoting himself to writing books and screenplays. “Requiem for a Republic” is his first novel