Sentimental Talks (containing two short novels: An Unlikely Meeting and A Sentimental Talk) by Daniel Castelain, translated from the French by Patrick Bowles, fiction, hardback, 120 pages, ISBN 0-87376-014-X
In An Unlikely Meeting three people have/ may have/ arranged a meeting. The woman has been the lover of one, of both, of others. Their progress toward this chance/ planned meeting is seen from every angle.
In A Sentimental Talk the group meets for an outing at Valsigne with the memory of their meeting last year at Rames. Only Jack is missing. They try to reconstruct what happened at Rames. It turns out that one time cannot be separated from the other or seen from one point of view.
the man behind her has just said that it was strange, that of course nothing could be proved, that now she ought to produce a witness, and she, immediately, had thought of the hotel-keeper, she knew him, knew him, she says they can have the hotel-keeper along, have him along and the man began talking again and the other man too and off they went to another part of the town, the man behind the desk having first made a couple of telephone calls and they left, left together but this time walking together and talking together and both men were kind to her
from An Unlikely Meeting
Daniel Castelain taught literature in the northern French harbor town of Calais. His first book Une Rencontre Improbable was published by Editions de Minuit in ’61 and published in England in ’66 as An Unlikely Meeting. Red Dust first published his 2nd book, Sentimental Talk, in ’70.