I was really thrilled by Marie Michaud’s review of Rouge Paris for Page des Librairies. She said Rouge Paris was “un roman émouvant sur l’amour, l’art et la vie, véritable plongée dans la bohème parisienne du XIXe siècle.” Click here to read the entire review.
Michaud also spoke about Rouge Paris on France Bleu radio as part of the station’s “Christmas book selection” listings. To listen, click here.
I admit: I had to listen to the program twice to get everything! I especially love when, as Michaud is saying that we know Victorine’s face from Olympia, the interviewer interjects that we also know Victorine’s body. “On connaît son visage et donc son corps aussi,” she states, or at least that’s what I think I heard. (It’s about 40 seconds in.)
As part of the radio show, a male voice reads a short passage from the book, a scene which describes the first time Victorine poses for Manet—a scene which was partly inspired by the pastel at the top of this post. Here’s a bit of the passage: