Mon frère


«Je ne sais rien de mon frère mort si ce n’est que je l’ai aimé. Il me manque comme personne mais je ne sais pas qui j’ai perdu. J’ai perdu le bonheur de sa compagnie, la gratuité de son affection, la sérénité de ses jugements, la complicité de son humour, la paix. J’ai perdu ce qui restait de douceur au monde. Mais qui ai-je perdu?» 

I don’t know anything about my dead brother except that I loved him. I miss him a lot but I don’t know WHO I have lost. I have lost the privilege of his company, his generous fondness, the serenity of his judgments, his knowing humour, his peace. I have lost the world’s remaining tenderness. But WHO did I lose?

Sources :

http://www.gallimard.fr/Catalogue/GALLIMARD/Blanche/Mon-frere