Aliona's father, a silent dissident, engineer, and Chernobyl liquidator, a strange kind of hoodlum, disappears one day at sea, near the Turkish coast. After the shipwreck, all the bodies are found except for his. A doubt sets in. He had already made several attempts to escape his Belarusian reality: he had blown up riverbanks to pass with his boat; he had started drinking; he had announced that he would run away to India. Unless Aliona's childly imagination invented all this.
Twenty years later, Aliona lives in France. From the Normandy coast, she launches the writing of a novel about this story, making up memories to fill in the gaps. For this, she chooses a language riddled with holes – her own French. At the same time, she embarks on a quest to better understand: how many kilometers must one travel to find one's center? Had the 2020 pro-democratic movements taken place in 1994, would her father have left anyway? In this patchwork of fragmented childhood memories, what is real?
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