By Antoine Laurain

This prize-winning French bestseller is a captivating myth in regards to the energy of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster experience via French existence in the course of the Mitterrand years.

Dining on my own in a chic Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can not often think his eyes whilst President François Mitterrand sits all the way down to devour on the desk subsequent to him.

After the presidential occasion has long past, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand's black felt hat has been left in the back of. After a number of moments' soul-searching, Daniel comes to a decision to maintain the hat as a memento of a rare night. it is a excellent healthy, and as he leaves the eating place Daniel starts to suppose in some way . . . different.

Has Daniel unwittingly chanced on the key of perfect power?

For years the enduring merchandise of headgear performs with the lives of the lads and ladies who put on it, bringing them luck that had formerly eluded them. Antoine Laurain's brilliantly orchestrated journey captures unique images of a wealthy gallery of characters.

Shot via with a scrumptious, depraved humorousness, The President's Hat is a bright new edition of the standard lifetime of an era.

"As unique because it is unique, this can be a tale to take pleasure in like a chocolate with a shock centre."—Marie France

"An stress-free journey into the center of the 1980s."—Le Figaro

"Impossible to resist"—L'Express

Antoine Laurain used to be born in Paris. he's a author, collector, and director of a number of brief films.

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