Antoine Laurain – Proust Questionnaire
Meet Antoine Laurain, author of The President’s Hat, The Red Notebook, French Rhapsody and The Portrait.
1. My defining characteristic
Tenacity; I needed plenty of it to get into writing.
2. The quality I look for in a man
Straightforwardness, which often goes hand in hand with intelligence.
3. The quality I look for in a woman
That she beguiles me.
4. My favourite pastime
Stroking my cat.
5. My biggest flaw
Putting my hand up at auctions…
6. What I value most about my friends
The fact that they exist, even in small numbers.
7. My idea of perfect happiness
Living off my books … and living well!
8. My favourite colour
Le rouge et le noir.
9. If I could choose to be anything, I would be…
10. Where I would like to live
Sixteenth-century Venice, preferably in a palace with a gondola and chauffeur.
11. My favourite authors
Proust, Modiano, Céline, Huysmans, Sacha Guitry…
12. My fictional heroes
The photographer in the Antonioni film Blow-Up, played by David Hemmings.
13. The thing I can’t stand
Being bored by other people’s books…
14. The talent I wish I had
The ability to get up at 6am every day and start writing at 6.15.
15. My current state of mind
16. The fault I am most able to forgive
Forgetting a loved one’s birthday, because it suggests they’ll never grow old in your eyes, which is flattering.
17. My motto
Sic luceat lux (May the light shine thus).See all books by Antoine Laurain