The Man Without Illness
"Even more than his East Indian looks – which create confusion at times, a man in a bar once had spoken loudly about the Yellow Menace, while looking empathically in Sam’s direction – this is what forms the core of his identity: the absence of illness. He needs no wheelchair, no round-the-clock nursing, he is lord and master of his own body. At first he had been the child, then the boy and now the man with no illness. Whatever else he may be or may become, he is above all healthy, in mind and body."
In The Man Without Illness, the young Swiss architect Samarendra travels to Baghdad to work on a design for a new opera house. He is convinced that the duty of the architect is to make people’s lives easier and more beautiful.
Read a part in English here.
Second edition, Éditions 10/18, Paris 2016