Bookstore Hall du livre

Novel Cher connard (2022)
Cher connard begins with a tense correspondence between Oscar and Rebecca, old acquaintances from Jarville-la-Malgrange. A city that Virginie Despentes, the author, knows well, having lived there for the first years of her life.
Hall du livre à Nancy (thesoundofviolence on Flickr — Le hall du livre, on Flickr / CC BY 2.0)
Hall du livre à Nancy (thesoundofviolence on Flickr — Le hall du livre, on Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

“You had a green bike, a racing bike, a boy’s bike. You used to steal records by the bagful from the Book Hall and one day you gave me David Bowie’s Station to Station, because you had it in duplicate. Thanks to you I listened to Bowie when I was nine. I kept that record.”


Two characters, an incandescent correspondence

Cher connardis a modern epistolary novel by Virginie Despentes. In this new book, the author of Baise-moi tells the story of Rebecca Latté and Oscar, two characters who have known each other since childhood but whose life paths have separated them for many years. The woman was the best friend of the second’s sister, Corinne.

A true fantasy of young boys when they were teenagers, Rebecca embraced an acting career that propelled her to star status. In his fifties, Oscar met the actress in Paris. He is disappointed. He had kept the incandescent memory of a sublime woman. He spreads his disgust on his Instagram account: “Not just old. But thick, sloppy, disgusting skin, and her character as a dirty, noisy woman. The stampede.”

Jarville-la-Malgrange, Nancy and the bookshop

Rebecca is outraged by this message. She decides to answer him by starting her answer with “Cher connard”. Nevertheless the return to the sender does not seem to move Oscar too much. Worse, he laughs about it. He then remembers that she lived in the Danube building of the Cali, nickname of the district California of Jarville-la-Malgrange. He and his family, the Jocards, lived above Maurice Barrès Square in this suburban town of Nancy.

Oscar, a novelist today, recalls the memory of Rebecca giving him a David Bowie record and his many flights to the Hall du Livre bookstore in the large Meurthe-et-Moselle town.

Cher connard, a setting and childhood memories

If Cher connardis a perfect oxymoron – two opposite terms – it is an epistolary novel with modern communication tools. No more handwritten letters. Texts are now sent via Instagram and other text messages. For her new publication, Virginie Despentes has set the past of the two main characters in the great Nancy. A place she knows well for having been born there and having spent the first years of her life there. She attended the college of Jarville-la-Malgrange. As for his father, a postal worker and committed trade unionist, he tried to get elected during one of the municipal campaigns.


Cher connard is the 9th novel by Virginie Despentes.

Hall du Livre

Founded in 1956, the Hall du livre is a bookshop in Nancy, located at 38 rue Saint-Dizier.

Among the 20 largest bookshops in France according to Livres-Hebdo, the Hall du livre covers an area of 1,350 m2 on three floors.

The premises are a delight for customers. They are located in the winter garden of a 19th century mansion. Open on Sunday afternoons, its glass roof covers the building and the ground floor is covered with paving stones.

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