Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès, an oasis of culture in the middle of the imagination

Portrait of the writer Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès.

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By: Jean-François Cadet Follow

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The writer-traveler Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès publishes his new novel "What here below we are", published by Zulma.


Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès is a true writer-traveler.

The teacher he was led the Maison de la Culture française in Fortaleza, Brazil, then explained to Roland Barthes and Jean-Paul Sartre to students at Tien-Tsin University, China, before returning to Europe in Trans-Siberian, to settle in Palermo in Italy, then to go back to Taiwan, Peru, Yemen, Indonesia, not to mention its beloved Mediterranean ...

Libya, this time, is at the heart of his new novel.

Without doubt one of the most unique of the literary season.

A phantasmagorical tale that sails between a Saharan oasis and a Chilean lake, between past and present, between reality and madness.

A fantastic bestiary which is also a treatise on botany and anthropological study.

But also a book full of humor, winks, references and pastiches.

And a magnificent book-object stuffed with sketches, engravings and collages, which makes it look like a cabinet of curiosities.

What we are here below

”, by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès, was published by Zulma editions.



 In residence until October 4, 2020, at the Maison de la literature de Québec, Arlène Thibaut is passionate about dairy stories.

Pascale Guéricolas

attended an evening of meeting between the storyteller and a public interested in this universe which has now almost disappeared.


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