Just before the fourth season of the television series The blue hour ends, the actress Céline Bonnier has agreed to speak to us about the essays and novels that have marked it.
You can start by telling us one of your fondest memories of reading ?
I don’t know if this is one of the most beautiful, but it is certainly one of the most prominent : the discovery of the Diary of Nijinsky. I think I was 15 or 16 years old when I read it, and this form of writing, at once personal, direct and in charge of a very different energy, I was immediately interested. The dancer Russian of Polish origin has been close to madness, and in his journal, we see the progression. I was completely fascinated because, in the course of the pages, Nijinsky takes himself aware of his mental state fragile.
In general, what do you prefer to read ?
I love the trials. This does not prevent me to love also novels, poetry collections and comic strips !
If you were asked to draw up the list of your novels fetishes, what titles could we, among other things, see ?
- The promise of dawn Romain Gary, a book that I have very often offered as a gift. Either under this name or under that of Émile Ajar, I’ve always loved the pen of this writer.
- Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, because the love story told in this book is simply extraordinary.
- More generally, the novels of the Icelandic Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir. I devoured Rosa Candida while I was traveling in Iceland and, since then, I have not mis-read everything she has written. This is an author who inspires me a lot.
In your life, has there been a book that has counted more than any other ?
Not one, but several, to begin with , Why create ? Pierre Bertrand. I came across this book at a time when I was reading a lot of essays related to creative mechanisms, and its philosophical approach to me has helped her understand that the most important thing was not the goal, but the process of creation. There was also A room to the self by Virginia Woolf, which explains the creation and that which nourishes, Pina Bausch, or the art of drawing a red fish of Norbert Servos, The world on the flank of the trout , Robert Lalonde, and Log the creation of Nancy Huston.
Recently, what book has managed to pleasantly surprise you ?
I come back from Vietnam and there, I read Plague and cholera by Patrick Deville. At the beginning, I was a bit lost, because there are lots of names and lots of references. And then I picked up his short chapters that carry us from one era to the other is reading super well. I did not know of Alexandre Yersin, the man who has created a vaccine to cure the plague. It was someone very important and his side, jack-of-all fascinated me.
In recent months, is that there has been a that you have not been able to let go of one end to the other ?
The Cut : failures and delight of the family, in the middle of the race by Fanny Britt. I find this quebec writer brilliant. It has interesting thoughts, and the simplicity of his writing makes me think of Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir.
If you had the chance, what novel would you like to be able to adapt to the big screen ?
The invisible wall by Marlen Haushofer, an Austrian who died in 1970. In the 1960s, she has written this book to be very taking in which a woman, gone to spend a few days in the countryside in the house of his brother-in-law, will no longer have access to the outside world. An invisible wall will separate it from the rest of the world, and beyond this wall, everything will die. This woman will live thus all alone for years with a cow, a cat and a dog. It is a context in which I would never have thought of and I would be curious to see how a loneliness exacerbated might be told on the screen.
What do you plan to read soon ?
The loose, Albertine Sarrazin. For this title, I rely on Patti Smith, whose reading list is interesting enough !