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Chronicle of the Rhine’s Riverbanks

Sylvain Tesson

Monday 9 October 2017

The explorer Sylvain Tesson shows us an unexpected terra incognita through these ecological and fictional tales irrigated by a remarkable sense of the supernatural.

Genre(s):

• Novellas
• Supernatural

Keywords:

• Mysteries
• Ecology
• Tales and legends
• Citizens of the world

Audience: suitable for all audiences; fans of tales of the supernatural

Right sold abroad: /

Concept

The explorer Sylvain Tesson shows us an unexpected terra incognita through these ecological and fictional tales irrigated by a remarkable sense of the supernatural.

Universe and references

• Novel and film La Vouivre (Marcel Aymé)
• Play entitled Ondine (Jean Giraudoux)
• Canalization of the Rhine during the 20th century
• Ecological battles

Pitch

Sylvain Tesson tells us the tale of the old Rhine, whose banks hide a harsh world teeming with life. Listen carefully for footsteps or the splash of a selkie through the fog…

Love, disappearances, crimes, and secrets: a river of stories of all kinds flows through these pages.

Author

A geographer, seasoned traveler, and writer, Sylvain Tesson won the Goncourt prize for short stories in 2009 and the Médicis essay award for In the Forests of Siberia in 2011.

At a glance

• Short stories
• Word count: 41,000 characters including spaces
• Available material in English: this presentation (including an overview of the work’s characteristics) and a translated excerpt

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