The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain

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I think this book's success in France has much to do with the nostalgia it evokes...but here, we can simply enjoy it for its fabulistic narrative, and the way it teeters pleasantly on the edge of Gallic whimsy.
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A charming fable about the power of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through French life during the Mitterrand years. Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him. After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand's black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments' soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It's a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow … different.
 

About Antoine Laurain

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Antoine Laurain was born in Paris in the early 1970s. He is a writer, collector and director of several short films.
 
Published March 28, 2013 by Gallic Books. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Mar 19 2013

I think this book's success in France has much to do with the nostalgia it evokes...but here, we can simply enjoy it for its fabulistic narrative, and the way it teeters pleasantly on the edge of Gallic whimsy.

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