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Life in the Woods (La Vie dans les Bois)

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Original Language: French | 240 pp. | April 2019

2 Seas represents: World Excl. French rights.

ESSAY | NATURE WRITING

Assumed city-dweller Jennifer Murzeau went off to live in the woods for a week, without water or food, in order to reconnect with nature.

“The ecological crisis is at the heart of our concerns today. Yet we fail to take full measure of it, to truly ‘feel’ it, because the way we live has never been so disconnected from nature.

So I decided to take off for several days and immerse myself in nature, with a hammock, a knife and a survival guide called François.

I descended the Charente river by canoe and slept on its banks. I learned how to make a fire with wet wood, to feed myself on boiled plants; I gave up on killing a rodent, and lived at the slow pace of life in the wild.

I then continued the adventure on my own in the Pyrenees mountain range, where I encountered the immensity of nature, fear, storms, beauty… and humility.

I came back with only one desire: to leave again.” — J. M.

Jennifer Murzeau (1984) is a novelist and journalist specializing in environmental issues.