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Survivor of Paris Bataclan attack remembers his ordeal in new memoir

Last Updated Nov 13, 2018 at 6:09 am PST

The Book I Didn't Want to Write (Photo credit: Locarno Press)
Summary

Erwan Larher has written six books but his latest, a memoir, is his first work of non-fiction

'It's the first time I'm the main character for one of my books'

'I was lying on the floor [in a pool of[ blood. But it could have been you.'

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – November 13 marks three years since the deadly terror attack at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, the most violent night seen in France since World War Two. Ninety people were killed when gunmen opened fire at an Eagles of Death Metal rock concert, while many more were injured. One of the survivors is sharing his ordeal in a new book.

Author Erwan Larher has written six books but his latest, a memoir, is his first work of non-fiction. Fittingly, he titled it The Book I Didn’t Want to Write or “Le livre que je ne voulais pas √©crire,” as it’s called in the original French edition.

“It’s the first time I’m the main character for one of my books and I was stuck at point because I felt it very embarrassing to talk about me and myself all the time.”

That’s a big reason why Larher wrote it in the second person. So instead, of the “I,” he employs the “you.”

“It’s a way to involve the reader and to bring the reader into that story,” he explains. “I was lying on the floor [in a pool of] blood. But it could have been you.”

Three years later, he is a changed man and not necessarily for the better. “The only thing that’s left is that I’m paranoid now. So, I don’t go to shows anymore.”

He says he didn’t write the book to feel better — he wrote it because he believes in the transformative power of literature.

“If one person at the end of the book tells me, ‘Well, I needed this book. Thank you.’ I’ve won,” he says. “As a writer, that’s my reward, you know.”

The Book I Didn’t Want to Write is published by Locarno Press.