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ISBN : 978-2-9191-2251-6

Format : 15 x 21 cm

Pages : 240 pages

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The boy from Vientiane
(English version)

Éric Miné | February 2013

This novel attempts to portray the very special relationship which exists between France and that idealised, mysterious world which is Asia. As the bewitching continent casts its magic spell, there might be unexpected consequences.

The book

It is Autumn in Paris, and Pierre is frankly bored. He is fifty years old and he has long since abandoned any kind of commitment to the relationship with his wife Hélène Grazziano-Benz, the promiscuous and media-obsessed president of the NGO Terre d’enfants (A Land for Children). Though his life is comfortable and secure, he is intensely bored by its dreary and tedious routine. However he manages to create some excitement in his life through occasional furtive sexual encounters with men, though they are never more than one-night stands.
His encounter with Laum, a beautiful young man from Laos, who seems shy, well-educated yet eager to learn, ambiguous yet determined, suddenly plunges Pierre headlong into a full-blown love-affair. The passion which Laum arouses will lead to the breaking down of all the barriers with which Pierre has so carefully surrounded himself; there will be no more certainties, no more inhibitions.
From the hushed salons of polite French society to the deceptive tranquillity of Vientiane and the vibrant sexual excesses of Pattaya life. All the taboos will be challenged in an explosion of sexual promiscuity, corruption, greed and human venality.
Crooked politicians, corrupt NGO’s, ruthless businessmen and blackmail; all are portrayed here against the backdrop of a gay scene both in Paris and Asia. And the price to be paid for breaking the rules...? Death beckons at the end of the road.
Introduction by Graham George

The author

Eric MinéBorn in Paris in 1960, Éric Miné, having studied Political Science, worked in the French capital in commercial and communication enterprises.
A visit to Laos in the early 90’s enabled him to discover for the first time the Far East. He was beguiled by the freedom and natural simplicity of human relationships which he found there and which are now largely absent in the West. He decided to settle there. In Laos he identified a kind of alchemy at work between this distant people and the French heritage which remained. It was a coming together which had somehow resisted all the vicissitudes of History. The author who remains passionately French, identifies for us, his readers, those elements contributing to this fusion.