- Ladies and gentlemen, watch carefully. Here's Frank, a young punk who lives in his mother's brothel in occupied France. He lies, drinks, steals, does black market business with the German officers, commits murder just for fun. Yes, feel free to touch him, he fucks his mother's girls every night while treating them like shit and is also trying to seduce the 16 year old virgin who lives across the hall.
Are you still watching... you may check that there is nothing up my sleeve... and now
, using only sparse, descriptive prose, I will transform him into a universal symbol of human suffering and redemption that will remind you of L'Etranger
, King Lear
and Crime and Punishment
, but still has a character all its own.
Sir, I understand your scepticism. You don't think it's possible, but... ABRACADABRA!!!The audience stare in disbelief. A lone voice from the back asks plaintively:
- Bloody hell, how did Simenon do