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By Yann Martel

After the tragic sinking of a shipment send, one solitary lifeboat is still bobbing at the wild, blue Pacific. the single survivors from the smash are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a damaged leg), a feminine orang-utan… and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is decided for probably the most awesome works of fiction in recent times.

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Sous quelle latitude pouvions-nous bien être, livrés ainsi à la fureur des symboles, en proie au démon de l'analogie67, objet que nous nous voyions de démarches ultimes, d'attentions singulières, spéciales ? D'où vient que projetés ensemble, une fois pour toutes, si loin de la terre, dans les courts intervalles que nous laissait notre merveilleuse stupeur, nous ayons pu échanger quelques vues incroyablement concordantes pardessus les décombres fumeux de la vieille pensée et de la sempiternelle vie ?

Que j'ai l'honneur de parler ? — Oui, mais pardonnez-moi, je ne sais... — Aucune importance, voici ma carte", et il me conduit au poste de police. Là, on me demande ce que j'ai dans mon sac. Je le dis, naturellement, tout en l'ouvrant. Voilà. On m'a relâchée le jour même, sur l'intervention d'un ami, avocat ou juge, nommé G... On ne m'en a pas demandé davantage et moi-même, tant j'étais émue, j'ai oublié de signaler que tout n'était pas dans mon sac, qu'il fallait aussi chercher sous le ruban de mon chapeau.

Peut-être aussi, mais ailleurs, un chat (exact). Pour l'instant, je ne vois rien d'autre. » Je me dispose à rentrer chez moi, Nadja m'accompagne en taxi. Nous demeurons quelque temps silencieux, puis elle me tutoie brusquement : « Un jeu : Dis quelque chose. Ferme les yeux et dis quelque chose. N'importe, un chiffre, un prénom. Comme ceci (elle ferme les yeux) : Deux, deux quoi ? Deux femmes. Comment sont ces femmes ? En noir. Où se trouvent-elles ? Dans un parc... Et puis, que font-elles ? Allons, c'est si facile, pourquoi ne veux-tu pas jouer ?

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