If You Hear Me
If You Hear Me, translated by Later Ledehendler
Biblioasis, Toronto (Canada), 2020
In an instant, a life can change forever. After he falls from a scaffold on the construction site where he works, David, deep in a coma, is visited regularly by his wife and six-year-old son. Yet despite their devotion, there seems to be no crossing the divide between consciousness and the mysterious world David now inhabits. Each in their way, they will learn to accept the unacceptable, while at the same time bearing witness to the enduring power of hope, and the ways we find peace in unexpected places.
This novel has been the most challenging for me so far, but also the most necessary. It springs from my certainty that spirit overflows the limits of the body and that science cannot explain everything, especially when faced with existential questions. The coma state is fascinating and mysterious; it is also an ordeal for the patient and for his family. While describing the journey of the characters, I endeavoured to experience their emotions and their dilemmas, to dive with them deep into doubt as well as hope. My heart has been transformed, and my mind purified.