Albert Camus

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Another famous figure who found refuge in Lourmarin is Albert Camus, a French-Algerian writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 at the age of 44, the second youngest recipient in history (Rudyard Kipling was 42). His best-known works, including The Stranger (1942) and The Plague (1947), are exemplars of absurdism. Camus died in a car accident […]

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Henri Bosco

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Henri Bosco

Henri Bosco was an acclaimed French writer. He frequently stayed in Lourmarin where, in 1947, he had acquired a bastidon isolated in the hills, a place of silence, daydreams and meditation. He described the unparalleled splendour of the Luberon in his books. Every scene of life, every place he described, came alive with his pen. […]

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Good reads for lovers of Provence

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There are literally thousands of books about Provence: guide books, armchair travel companions, historic overviews, culture, food, wine … not to mention the novels and “expat” stories set in Provence. So where does one start? Well, we’ve read lots of them; some are simply marvellous (thanks, Peter Mayle for making it an impossible act to […]

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