François G. Bussac, author of the book “Le miracle de Méméti”, for La Presse: “Farewell letter” to Tunisia!

François G. Bussac, author of the book “Le miracle de Méméti”, for La Presse: “Farewell letter” to Tunisia!

In “Editions Orizons”, the publication of the novel “Le miracle de Méméti” resonates like a testament left to Tunisian readers. François G. Bussac, its author, published it in France, before it was soon published by Arabesques, in Tunisia. With this double publication, François G. Bussac pays tribute to Tunisia, which has long been the host country…

You have very rhythmic news: since your return to France and after many years spent in Tunisia, two books have appeared in Orizons in France: the first is about you “Le miracle de Méméti” and the second is about you “Bonjour” Monsieur Bussac” , published by Professor Raouf Medalgi, in tribute to the prolific career that is yours. Can you give us an overview of your latest publication?

For this 1is quoted book, I consider it a “farewell letter” to Tunisia. Some tell me that “Miracle of Memit” is like a literary testament.

Let’s say, this is the first political novel in which I try to show Tunisia in all its social complexity, suggesting to Tunisians, in my sly way, to regroup, to stay united, to avoid the abyss in this beautiful country that we love so much.

In this Tunisian society, who do you talk to?

For the French-speaking audience, and for the audience that always tries to reconcile democracy and Islam. Who continues to draw lessons from the last 10 post-revolutionary years, which were not only negative. I am adding my humble pebble in trying to understand this country.

Tunisia, with its miracles, has always been part of your work… How is your approach different in “Le miracle de Méméti”?

The book that made me famous was “The Gardener of Metlaoui”: it was the story of my grandfather, who worked decades earlier in Tunisia’s phosphate mines. The book that made me famous and that shed light on the moment of the protectorate, little known in the south of Tunisia.

I published books about young people, and the novel “Le cousin”, still in Arabesque editions. The “Miracle of Memiti”, the last published, is very different. There is also this story about the author’s delight: when he creates 6 characters, who do not know each other, who are Tunisians, from all social classes, old or young, and who one day decide to found a theater group, then a political one.

Their destinies intertwine through 22 chapters, with a common desire to do good for their country. Tunisia, today, which is emptying itself of its elite and its brilliant youth.

“Miracle Memeta”, where does this beckoning title come from?

“Méméti” is the grandmother of one called Nour, 25, who is part of the aforementioned group. He lives in Kram and takes care of his brothers and sisters.

One fine day he returns to his grandmother’s house, in Le Kef, and recharges his batteries by rediscovering new human values.

Most of your characters are inspired by reality…

It’s a moment. Out of the 6 characters, 4 are inspired by some of my close friends.

“Le miracle de Méméti” is currently being published in France, and will soon be published in Tunisia.

In the Arabesque editions, in fact. This book will be sold in Tunisia, at affordable prices for our French speaking audience.

At the same time, Raouf Medelgi, a university professor, publishes the book “Bonjour monsieur Bussac”, also in Orizons. A book that describes your work, your journey and the connection that brought you to Tunisia.

(Laughs), strange edition! Raouf Medelgi is a literary critic, journalist and professor. I already knew him! He is currently preparing his graduation thesis, and since he had the opportunity to read many of my books, he offered to write an essay about my books. We worked hand in hand. This book is a book by Raouf Medelgi. Close friends, academics and journalists participated. A publication enriched with some unpublished ones from my side. It will also be published by Arabesques.

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