The Trompe-l'Oeil-Filled Castle
Original title: Le château des trompe-l’oeil
In the Gothic vein, an inexhaustible source of literary inspiration whose endless adaptations continue to appeal to readers: Seule en sa demeure (Alone in Her Home), Cécile Coulon (L’Iconoclaste), Blackwater, Micheal McDowell (Monsieur Toussaint Louverture) and more.
An exceptional publication from Éditions de La Martinière Littérature, on the occasion of the 2022 Fall literary season. The Trompe-l’Oeil-Filled Castle is a tribute to the great Gothic novels of the 19th century. Written in a venomously sensual style, the edition is enriched with 9 illustrated plates. A novel with a unique and fascinating atmosphere that explores ever-timely topics.
In post-revolutionary France, Baptiste, a young notary’s clerk, is heading for the estate of the Baroness d’Escreuil near the Mont Saint Michel. He will stay there while he assesses her fortune. But once he gets there, nothing goes according to plan: the mysterious baroness is conspicuously absent; in fact, no one has seen her for nearly twenty years!
One night, the long wait combined with Baptiste’s curiosity get the better of him, and he decides to explore the huge castle. That’s when he stumbles across the library’s “Hell” section, where the most subversive books of the time are stored. The discovery awakens forbidden desire in him… as well as an anxiety that grows ever greater. Strange events begin to take place: a mysterious threatening note appears, door handles shake in the middle of the night, nocturnal encounters by candle-light, and more. The castle gradually turns into a setting for the unspoken and misleading, for long-buried desires and secrets.
- 9 illustrated plates in an antique-engraving style.