REPORT – The author publishes an audio book entitled Intimate Territories, about her favorite writers, including Zola. On this occasion, she visited the house of the author of Germinal, in Medan.
A light wind of woods and moss blows this October afternoon in Médan. It’s cold, the sky is milky white. Tatiana de Rosnay, bundled up in her long blue coat, gestures widely. It is not to warm up, but to express joy. In front of Zola’s house, she stamps her feet. She has been waiting for this for ten years, the time it took for the restoration work, of which Pierre Bergé was the main patron, to be completed. She walks with the legs of a child, points to the garden below the alley and improvises as a guide: “He enlarged his property thanks to his successes: with Nana’s money, he built the Nana tower, with that of Germinal, the Germinal tower …” The author of Shadow flowers (Robert Laffont), knows everything about him.
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