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In the desert (Dans le desért)



Original Language: French | 192 pp. | September 2017

2 Seas Represents: World English, Dutch and Nordic Rights.


“We talk a lot about these petrol monarchies in the Gulf and we do not say anything good. They are accused in a jumble to bribe France, finance terrorism, oppress women, practice slavery and monopolize the best pieces of the Vuitton shop on the Champs-Élysées. We talk about it from far away and I want to see closer.”

After the Kiribati and Greenland, the author of TOURISTE begins a travel story in this Arabian peninsula where a new world is built, a fascinating excessiveness where anything can happen, for better or for worse. Seeking Arabic hospitality, he gets stuck in the sand in Qatar, hallucinates in Dubaï, has a brush with death in the Emirates, meditates on human brotherhood in Oman and is kicked out of Bahrain.
Will he make new friends in the desert? Will he reconcile the Orient and the West over mint tea?

With his humanist ironical wisdom, Julien Blanc-Gras guides us and makes us discover these poorly-known areas, beyond all appearances. Without forgetting the humour and the tone that characterize him: informative and knowing at once.


Born in 1976 in Gap, Julien Blanc-Gras is a journalist by occupation and a traveller by vocation. He is the author of Gringoland (winner of the Festival du premier roman de Chambéry 2006), Comment devenir un dieu vivant, Touriste (Prix J. Bouquin, Prix de l’archipel de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon) made into a comic, Paradis (avant liquidation), In utero (now being adapted to theatre) published by Au diable vauvert, and Briser la glace at the editions Paulsen, winner of the Phileas Fogg price and selected for the price of the SGDL.