£12.99

Football: Jean-Phillippe Toussaint

Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Author), Shaun Whiteside (Translator)

Includes ZIDANE'S MELANCHOLY

‘The whistle was blown, and when, like an unexpected deliverance, Belgium opened the scoring with a spectacular acrobatic scissor-kick by Wilmots, I leapt from my seat, arms in the air, turning in a circle and giddily jumping around in the stands, not knowing where to go, who to celebrate the event with, before spotting another Belgian as isolated as I was among the terraces.

We gauchely hurried towards each other, not knowing how to concelebrate our goal, merely striking our palms violently together, like two American basketball players who have just pulled off some kind of feat. Nothing more, we didn’t exchange a word, I don’t even know if this man spoke French (it was one of the strangest relationships that I have ever had in my life), finding him again a quarter of an hour later in the same place to repeat the same gesture after Belgium’s second goal.’

Paperback, 88 pages
Published by Fitzcarraldo Editions (11 May 2016)
ISBN 9781910695173
12.7 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm