in 1983 in Paris, the author finds an address book and copies the contents before anonymously returning it. She then seeks out the people in the book and asks them about the man Pierre D, who's address book it is. She then publishes this interview in Liberacion, a newspaper. Those interviews, along with some photographs, are compiled in this book.
When I first heard about this it sounded like a fun read. Maybe this would be a unique way of learning about someone. I had high hopes. After reading it though I wasn't impressed. Here's what I came away with about Pierre D - he's kind of aloof but friendly enough; he's a film scholar; one person said he always finishes what's on his plate; one person says he was a well liked teacher, etc.
For me it didn't add up to much, though it was readable enough. It was sort of like something you see in a museum and say, 'That's clever' but you aren't really engaged by it.
I think it might have been more fun to read as a series in the newspaper. Maybe if I had been there it all would have resonated more. I'm pretty sure it would have. I'd be interested to read about how the series was received by the public.