Abstract: The paper deals with the absence°presence binomial in the novels of Jean°Philippe Toussaint, represented at large by his characters. An unstable world, unable to find its point of balance, reconstructs itself according to unknown laws. Communication is their only way out from inside the closed spaces they took refuge in. Beyond this, however, lies the blank sheet, narration is their only reality.
Keywords: Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Maurice Blanchot, présence, absence, La Salle de bain, L’Appareil-photo, La Réticence, L’Autoportrait (à l’étranger)