The book written by Adrien Absolu is a kind of documentary novel on the sinking of the Joola. Why such a story? “Initially, it is the observation between the human toll of this tragedy with 1,863 victims, ie the most serious disaster in maritime history. There is a gap between the toll and the very low notoriety of this shipwreck in public opinion. When I went to Senegal and I came across the mausoleum in memory of the victims, I realized that I had never heard of it. From there was born the desire for an investigation to understand the faults “, relates Adrien Absolu.
The thread of the story is traced back, by attaching itself to a young Frenchman. A way to identify yourself? “From a moral and ethical point of view, it is difficult to answer this question. Can you claim closeness to someone you have never known? Can you use your moods to incorporate into a literary work? But the more I discovered his life the more I realized that there were similarities with mine. First our age, his university background, his passions and the tone of the last written messages to his mother. At that time, I was living in Brazil “, he says. Adrien Absolu also describes the frightening tale of the hour-by-hour disaster, the corruption, the carelessness of the authorities and the fact that the boat was never recovered.