Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia, June 2015: facing the sea at night, in the aftermath of a friend’s death and of the terrorist massacre on the beach of Sousse, a woman attempts to takes stock. In a heart-broken adieu that is also a love letter to her native country, the memory of her late father resurfaces and, with it, the story of Tunisia’s Jewish community. Shifting focus from Tunisia to Paris to a Flaubertian village in Normandy, Colette Fellous composes a mosaic of colourful portraits, giving voice to loved ones silenced in death and those often unheard in life.
‘Crossing boundaries of form, This Tilting World is a memoir, an elegy, a love song, a family history full of holes. Colette Fellous writes as a witness, a citizen, an exile, a detective, a daughter, an explorer, a lover. Moving in memory back and forth between Tunisia and France, between childhood, adolescence and adulthood, she makes everything seem part of an urgent now.’– Michèle Roberts