The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain. Short novel translated from the French. A man who finds himself sitting next to President Mitterand at a brasserie picks up the hat Mitterand has left behind. It changes his life, and as the hat is passed across a group of characters changes theirs too.
Lovely, whimisical novel. Short and light but charming. Gives a wonderful picture of life in Paris in the 1980s. Well worth a read.
One slight quibble. The hat is described throughout as a homburg, but all the pictures I can find of Mitterand wearing a hat seem to show the pinched front of a trilby/fedora.
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