François Vallejo (ENG)

François Vallejo

Francois Vallejo knows more and more where he comes from and seeks less and less to know where he is going.

Geographically and as his name suggests, he is at the intersection where travellers from the South and the non-nomads from the West meet. The only path he insists on following is that of the novel, which is for him a shortcut.

He has explored some ten unique itineraries, since Ruckus in the Ballroom in 1998.

Madam Angeloso and Groom constituted a few steps, followed by Travels of Great Men, which led him to Italy in the 18th century, before arriving at West in the 19th in 2006, and then the 20th with The Brelan Sisters.

These historical detours helped him to find his way in the 21st century, the Metamorphoses of which he tried to shed some light on in 2012. He took them further in Blossom and Blood in 2014, where two periods intertwine, two histories confront each other, and men and women are interlaced in time.

His insatiable appetite for all books prompted him in 2016 to write a novel where hunger competes with food, and tasting with devouring: A Dangerous Pleasure, a feast he’d like to share.

Hotel Waldheim 2018 allowed him to jump back in time and to go back to the period of his adolescence. The reason? An anonymous postcard which would unsettle his life. The narrator discovers a handwritten and, to say the least, sibylline message… “Remind you of sumfing?”.

For Vallejo, on life’s secret roads and through the novels he discovers as they unfold before him, the pleasure of leaving surpasses the joy of arriving.

books by this author

Hôtel Waldheim

Hotel Waldheim

Paru le 30-08-2018
Un dangereux plaisir

A Dangerous pleasure

Paru le 25-08-2016
Fleur et Sang

Blossom and Blood

Paru le 09-07-2014
Les Sœurs brelan

The Brelan sisters

Paru le 26-08-2010
L'Incendie du Chiado

The Burning of the Chiado

Paru le 15-08-2008
Le Voyage des grands hommes

Travels of the great men

Paru le 13-01-2005
Madame Angeloso

Madam Angeloso

Paru le 24-08-2001
Pirouettes dans les ténèbres

Pirouettes in the Darkness

Paru le 10-01-2000
Vacarme dans la salle de bal

Ruckus in the Ballroom

Paru le 26-08-1998

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