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In December 1792, the king’s painter Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes awakes in a far-flung village near the Mallos de Riglos in Aragon. His only company is the housekeeper Rosario, Loca the cat and - at night - the dead. The dead are tyrannical and want but one thing:...
In December 1792, the king’s painter Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes awakes in a far-flung village near the Mallos de Riglos in Aragon. His only company is the housekeeper Rosario, Loca the cat and - at night - the dead. The dead are tyrannical and want but one thing: to dance throughout the night in order to send the living to their graves too.
How did Goya end up in this strange abode? He remembers falling asleep at a friend’s house in Sevilla. Or was it on a boat caught in a ferocious storm? His one obsession is to get out of this village, take up his brushes again and impress the royal court with his paintings. But the grotesque forms that populate his fantastical dreams have decided otherwise. Goya realises that the sleep of reason engenders monsters, as a recurrent fever and lead poisoning leaves him delirious and confined to his bed. Out of this terrible dream world in which he is imprisoned will merge his celebrated Los Caprichos, a series of prints satirising a society in decline.
Aurore Guitry transforms the painter into a fictional hero who travels through the universe of his own paintings.
Born in Grasse in 1980, Aurore Guitry is a novelist and translator. She published her first
novel, Les Petites Morsures (Calmann-Lévy), in 2006 and followed it up with Les Âmes Fardées
(Calmann-Lévy, 2009) and La Corde sensible (Denoël, 2009). Le Songe de Goya is her fourth