Le Fil de soie (The Silk Thread) by Michèle Gazier is an ambitious work, conceived in a fairy-like as well as fantastic style, while maintaining a real framework. Against the backdrop of haute couture history, the mystery of a love story unfolds in a variation on the myth of Narcissus while providing an intriguing tale. Gazier questions the fragility and discontinuity of happiness. The story is developed through "images" and words presented in a magical environment. I would like to question here the way in which Gazier explores and sets the course for the happiness of an exceptional couple. In other words, I will question the relationship between the story and the original way in which the ideas of happiness are treated. Focusing on the representation of happiness as it is constructed in this novel engages a double questioning: first of all, how stylistically, the fantastic characteristics as they are inscribed in the story reveal by writing, aspects of expressing happiness? Then, on the diegetic level, I will interrogate how an identity is built without borders, erasing the differences between two beings who love each other.
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