The Rimbaud Delusion
420 pages approx
1872: The explosive love affair between flamboyant French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine rocks French society. They flee to London, abandoning the manuscript of La Chasse Spirituelle to Verlaine’s scorned young wife. When a lawyer’s clerk salvages it from a dusty deed box, the manuscript begins its journey down the decades, revealing the secrets and betrayals of its various keepers.
2004: Andrea Mann, disenchanted with life and love, travels to France. Driven by her obsession with Rimbaud, she’s chasing her dream – the missing manuscript. Beside the poet’s grave at Charleville-Mézières, she meets a beautiful young man who shows her a single page – from La Chasse Spirituelle.
Andrea embarks on a desperate quest. Drawn into a manipulative relationship with the youth and his Svengali-like mentor, the mysterious Albert, she faces unwelcome truths. The closer she gets to the manuscript, the further she veers from reality.
But is Albert’s copy genuine? And can La Chasse Spirituelle fill the void in Andrea’s soul? [provided by the author]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Barbara Scott Emmett has published novels, short stories and a book of poetry.
Her work has also appeared in anthologies and magazines.
She has been fascinated by Arthur Rimbaud for many years.
A play about him (Death Without Tears) was performed on the Edinburgh Fringe.
A new novel Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion will be published in association with Triskele Books in October 2014.
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