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ISBN13: 9781908313478
ISBN10: 1908313471
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This is a quirky little novel about French president François Mitterrand's hat, and the life it leads when separated from the man himself. He accidentally leaves it in a restaurant, and for the lucky souls who will next wear it, it is a good-luck charm of immense proportions. Thoroughly engaging, this unlikely story is a quick, fun read. But don't misconstrue "fun" for "insubstantial"; there are clever layers of allegory and meaning to discover here. Making sweeping statements on love, work, art, politics, self-worth, and family, Antoine Laurain's story of one man's hat and how it changes several lives is a trip definitely worth taking.
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This prize-winning French bestseller is a charming fable about the power of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through French life during the Mitterrand years.

Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him.

After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand's black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments' soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It's a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow... different.

Has Daniel unwittingly discovered the secret of supreme power?

For two years the iconic item of headgear plays with the lives of the men and women who wear it, bringing them success that had previously eluded them. Antoine Laurain's brilliantly orchestrated tour captures entertaining portraits of a rich gallery of characters.

Shot through with a delicious, wicked sense of humor, The President's Hat is a vivid re-creation of the everyday life of an era.

Review:

"As entertaining as it is original, this is a story to enjoy like a chocolate with a surprise centre." Marie France

Review:

"An enjoyable trip into the heart of the 1980s." Le Figaro

Review:

"Impossible to resist." L'Express

Synopsis:

Like Cinderella's glass slipper or Aladdin's lamp, the hat is a talisman that makes its wearers dreams come true.

About the Author

Antoine Laurain was born in Paris in the early 1970s. He is a writer, collector and director of several short films.

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Debbi, April 7, 2014 (view all comments by Debbi)
My President's Hat is a pair of green Dansko sandals. Maybe not life-changing, but things are better when I wear them. READ this book and
you will understand. Engaging beginning with fun characters and a very satisfying ending I didn't see coming. Paris in the 1980s... made me smile.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781908313478
Author:
Laurain, Antoine
Publisher:
Gallic Books
Author:
Books, Gallic
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130903
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 7.5 oz

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Product details 208 pages Gallic Books - English 9781908313478 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This is a quirky little novel about French president François Mitterrand's hat, and the life it leads when separated from the man himself. He accidentally leaves it in a restaurant, and for the lucky souls who will next wear it, it is a good-luck charm of immense proportions. Thoroughly engaging, this unlikely story is a quick, fun read. But don't misconstrue "fun" for "insubstantial"; there are clever layers of allegory and meaning to discover here. Making sweeping statements on love, work, art, politics, self-worth, and family, Antoine Laurain's story of one man's hat and how it changes several lives is a trip definitely worth taking.

"Review" by , "As entertaining as it is original, this is a story to enjoy like a chocolate with a surprise centre."
"Review" by , "An enjoyable trip into the heart of the 1980s."
"Review" by , "Impossible to resist."
"Synopsis" by ,
Like Cinderella's glass slipper or Aladdin's lamp, the hat is a talisman that makes its wearers dreams come true.
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