Finding novels set in Nantes is proving much more difficult than I thought. C S Forester’s Hornblower barely touches the ground in the city of Nantes. I need a narrative where the French urban space is almost a character itself. This morning, though, with Google and Amazon, I found these two novels by Paul Louis Rossi (b.1933 Nantes): Régine (1990) and a later one, La voyageuse immortelle (2001) and they are now on order. It is hard to judge whether they will create the elusive toureme for Nantes. As my readers on Audible will know, I’ve been addicted to Patrick Modiano since 2015, and these two novels by Rossi do have a faint hint that they might have a similar quest for a missing character that Modiano’s stories often recount.
If you know Rossi’s writing please post a comment, or, if you know of novels that unfold in the streets of Nantes then let me know their titles, please.
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