The main lines of the project were inspired by Julien Gracq’s own identity : Gracq as Writer, Gracq as Geographer and Gracq as Teacher.
The Maison Julien Gracq’s literary and artistic project is about contemporary literature and its filiations ; french languages around the world ; landscape and its movements in history and space ; the transmission of personal, professional, and cultural knowledge from one generation to the next.
Literary stage, a historical but also very contemporary place, the Maison Julien Gracq is located on the banks of the Loire river, on the north edge of Mauges, Pays de la Loire. All types of visitors are welcome for a visit : passers-by, amateurs and neophytes as well as scholars.
The library in the salt storehouse, detail
The salt storehouse, open to the public since July 2014, is composed of two rooms :
- In the Maps’ Room (La Chambre des cartes), on the ground floor, visitors are offered to see, feel, and experience what reading and literature can bring about. It’s a door open on Julien Gracq’s work in an attractive, warm, and mysterious way. Its aim is to provoke the desire to read and to open one’s mind for reading. As suggested by the name, visitors will find in this room a beautiful collection of ancient and modern maps, liked to the works of Julien Gracq or perfect for stimulating imagination. It is also the place where exhibitions take place (please check our Agenda section above to know more about the different cultural events we offer).
- Upstairs, in the Remarkable Library (La Bibliothèque remarquable), 90 people are welcome in a public-stage format. The library is, before anything else, a reading and working place ; training, research groups, reading and writing workshops are also organised here, as well as meetings between youth, adults and writers, public readings, debates and concerts. It is connected with Angers’s University Library.
The Remarkable Library was a unique project at the time of its conception and is open to the public since october, 2017.
Visitors can freely browse through our 4 collections :
the Blue Collection (Fonds Bleu) : works by Julien Gracq, works about his books and his life, original works translated in several languages ;
the White Collection (Fonds Blanc) : books found in Louis Poirier’s house at the time of his legacy ;
the Yellow Collection (Fonds Jaune) : the Maison’s acquisitions and donations, books by former residents ;
the Red Collection (Fonds Rouge) : for this particular collection, a high number of Great Readers (francophone writers and artists...) have been asked to give their ideal list of 5 to 10 books they would like to find in the Maison Julien Gracq.
After going through the library, visitors can take a walk in the gardens - given the weather is appropriate. A guided path has been drawn through the grass. Lilacs, poppies, fennel, wisteria, peach trees... let yourself wander on the steps of Julien Gracq.