By Frédéric Beigbeder
En ce temps-là, on mettait des photographies géantes de produits sur les murs, les arrêts d'autobus, les maisons, le sol, les taxis, les camions, l. a. façade des immeubles en cours de ravalement, les meubles, les ascenseurs, les distributeurs de billets, dans toutes les rues et même à los angeles campagne. l. a. vie était envahie par des soutiens-gorge, des surgelés, des shampoings antipelliculaires et des rasoirs triple-lame. L'oeil humain n'avait jamais été autant sollicité de toute son histoire : on avait calculé qu'entre sa naissance et l'âge de 18 ans, toute personne était exposée en moyenne à 350 000 publicités. Même à l'orée des forêts, au bout des petits villages, en bas des vallées isolées et au sommet des montagnes blanches, sur les cabines de téléphérique, on devait affronter des emblems "Castorama", "Bricodécor", "Champion Midas" et "La Halle aux Vêtements". Il avait fallu deux mille ans pour en arriver là.»
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He didn’t get any farther. The lawyer from Bern had grasped the opportunity, while the warden was busy selecting the drinks, to give the sergeant a kick on the shin. Studer accepted it without a murmur, although he had no idea what the reason behind it was. “Yes,” said Herr Hungerlott, “it was a grievous loss. ” “And what did Frau Hungerlott . ” Again the kick on the shin. Studer thanked God he had put his leather gaiters on. Naturally he could not ask his friend the lawyer why he was dispensing kicks, but there must be some reason for it.
The sheets and blankets were on the floor. The windows were closed. In the middle of the floor was a suitcase with labels of hotels from all over the world stuck on it. It was empty. There was nothing on the table. Studer searched the wardrobe, the bedside table, under the mattress – the exercise books he remembered so well had disappeared. Why had they been stolen? What did they say that was so important? “Huldi,” the sergeant said gently, “you remember the exercise books Farny used to write in?
Of course he made a will. He left his estate to his relatives . . To his sister – my mother-in-law, heh heh, who’s married to a very dubious character in Bern. “Well, perhaps dubious character’s going too far. After all, Arnold Äbi is my father-in-law. But before I married Anna, the Poor Board twice proposed Äbi should be put away. He’s a drunkard, he used to be a bricklayer, but now he’s somewhat work-shy – I think I may say that, even though I am related to him. Apart from my mother-in-law, my wife comes into the reckoning as an heir.