“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Talking of Roland Dorgeles – Departure, 1928

Posted: May 21st, 2019 | No Comments »

Talking a couple of days ago of the French writer Roland Dorgeles and his 1926 On the Mandarin Road travelogue to French Indo-China, here’s his 1928 novel Departure about a Messagerie Maritime voyage on a liner from Marseille to Saigon. It is largely forgotten now but was, apparently, a classic of the popular genre in the 1920s of la litterature d’escale, or port-of-call novels…

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