Foulek Ringelheim’s short stories: irony and empathy

Died on September 16, 2019, at the age of 81, this former lawyer and magistrate still makes us smile and still moves us from his judicial paradise with these 21 short stories, written over time.

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By Jean-Claude Vantroyen

Published on 06/30/2022 at 17:54
Reading time: 2 mins

RNothing that is judicial is foreign to Foulek Ringelheim. Nothing human either. His 21 short stories, some of which date back to the 1970s when he was still young, definitely show that. And they are accompanied in addition to a beneficial irony and a sharp writing, able to avoid us to be moved when it is not necessary and to plunge us into reflection when it is necessary.

It is that the former magistrate has the gift of telling stories that are sometimes grotesque, sometimes horrible, sometimes hilarious, but which are always a reflection of our humanity, and sometimes of our inhumanity. The people of justice are often seen there with the eye of derision, the litigants with the eye of tenderness. And then there are the killers, those beings who, at some point in their journey, suddenly take action, falling into another reality, and the author describes this shift without emphasis.

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