Confronting death, fear and guilt


Isabelle Autissier: Soudain, seuls.
ISBN 978-2-253-09899-7 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A man and a woman decide to escape their daily routine and embark on a sailing trip through the Atlantic. A natural reserve in the vicinity of the Falkland island lurs them into a day trip with fatal consequences. A sudden storm prevents their return from that remote island to the boat. The boat with all their equipment sinks in the storm and they are stuck. They confront hunger and they fight for physical survival. They confront themselves, their past, their lack of future and fight to survive mentally. They taste brutality, merciless, hopelessness and the deepest fear possible: fear of themselves. One dies of privation, the other is tortured by guilt and shame. A powerful book written by an experienced French sailor and navigator. A fantastic read!

Linking the deep impression that these book made upon me was not too difficult. No “tragic” symphonic work, but rather an intimate piece of chamber music, Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”:

Composing while death is knocking on the door