By Alexandra Schwartzbrod
2017. Mounir est un modeste employé de l’Institut scientifique de Kazan, en Russie. los angeles veille de son départ pour los angeles Mecque, où il doit accomplir le Hadj, le grand pélerinage, le website explose sous ses yeux dans une fumée de fin du monde. Dans l’avion, il est pris de convulsions et meurt peu après son arrivée.
À son insu, il a introduit dans l. a. ville sainte le plus poor des fléaux qu’on croyait disparu depuis le Moyen-Âge. Persina Yersis. los angeles peste noire.
La bactérie se répand à une vitesse incontrôlable parmi les pélerins. Les morts se chiffrent par milliers. Dans los angeles panique, los angeles rumeur enfle : les juifs ont empoisonné l’eau de l. a. Mecque. Et cette rumeur franchit les frontières, jusqu’à Jérusalem où les Palestiniens puis les Arabes d’Israël lancent des activities de représailles contre les Juifs. Israël s’embrase, Jérusalem tombe.
Cette disaster bouleverse l’échiquier politique overseas et fera basculer dans son sillage des destins individuels : de l’Égyptien Youssef Chahid, médecin volontaire à l’hôpital de l. a. Mecque, à l’Estonien Rein Laristel, tout juste élu secretaire général de l’ONU ; de l’Américaine Susan Rice, secrétaire d’État des États-Unis confrontée au plus périlleux défi de sa carrière, au commissaire arabe israélien Eli Bishara en lutte contre le chaos ; jusqu’à l. a. belle juive turque Ana Güler, déchirée entre Istanbul et Jérusalem. À travers eux, l’histoire s’incarne : de Kazan à l. a. Mecque, de New-York à Tel Aviv, de Washington à Istanbul, de Catane à Dubaï. Leur monde, notre monde, ne sera plus jamais le même. Et si c’était vrai ?
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The train set off, hit up a fast clip. People piled in and out at intermediate stations. 56 Pigface contemptuously ignored Mowry, watched the passing landscape with lordly disdain, ﬁnally fell asleep and let his mouth hang open. He was twice as hoglike in his slumbers, and would have attained nearperfection with a lemon in his mouth. Thirty miles from Radine, the door from the coach ahead slammed open and a civilian policeman entered. He was accompanied by two burly, hard-faced characters in plain clothes.
No reporter, no editor would pass it up if he could help it; therefore the papers had passed it up because they could not help it. Somebody high in authority had clamped down upon them with the heavy hand of censorship. Somebody with considerable power had been driven into making a weak countermove. That was a start, anyway. Mowry’s ﬁrst waspish buzzings had forced authority to interfere with the press. What’s more, the countermove was feeble and ineffective, serving only as a stopgap while ofﬁcials beat their brains for more decisive measures.
That received the same treatment, the cop looking it over as if doing a routine chore, the other two surveying it more critically and with unconcealed suspicion. ’ It passed the triple scrutiny, was given back along with the ticket and identity card. The recipient’s face showed vast relief. The cop picked on the next passenger. ’ Mowry, seated two-thirds of the way along the coach, observed this performance with much curiosity and a little apprehension. His 57 feelings boosted to alarm when they reached the seventh passenger.