- Albert Cohen
- Dominique Pitoiset
- Performed by
- Patrick Timsit
For thirty years, Patrick Timsit has wanted to make his own version of Book of My Mother, Albert Cohen’s autobiographical tale. He is now making this dream a reality, in a fantastic instant of theatrical intimacy.
There is no grandiose set or big company here. Patrick Timsit is alone on the stage, in this very personal space which theatre can bring to life. A desk, a screen upon which childhood memories will be projected. Then the actor’s voice, which launches into Albert Cohen’s words as though they were the product of his own consciousness, of his own life. A deeply touching homage to “mothers all over the world”, this tale, published in 1954, touches something universal through the writer’s personal story.
Silence falls; the commotion of the world is left at the door. The scale of this fundamental solitude is thus amplified, a void which cannot be filled: that left by a mother who is no longer there. Anecdotes and reminiscences float to the surface. A little boy – a little prince, as his mother might have said – addresses us, in an intermingling of introspection and tenderness. Without pathos, Patrick Timsit creates an intensity pregnant with restrained emotion. His smile shines a light on Albert Cohen’s humanist message.