Marie has just started working on TV, when she learns that she is pregnant. Abortion seems the simplest solution to her, who lives in a country where, each year, 220 000 women make the same decision.
But such a 'simple act' will lead Marie realise that with her foetus, it is all parts of her existence that seem to vanish: her sister, whom she thought to know, her job, the father of her child, one of her lovers, along with her childish dreams. Even though abortion is legal, women who resort to it still feel guilty and ashamed.
A tiny bloody thing evacuated in a hospital can completely shatter one's life. Has society then become totally 'unnatural'?
This short and sharp novel does not aim at displaying a definite stand on abortion; it is a violent metaphor of separation between the private and public spheres.
For the first time, a man and a woman have collaborated on a novel dealing with a sensitive and taboo theme: abortion.
Hélène Delmotte, 35, is a journalist.
Luis de Miranda, 33, is a novelist (Running On An Empty Tank, Denoël; The Spray, Calmann-Lévy) and essayist (Ego trip, Max Milo).