The house of a writer
At the core of the Maison Julien Gracq’s project are :
french languages around the world ;
opening the activities of reading and writing to everyone ;
writing residencies in Pays de la Loire.
The Maison Julien Gracq is a place to live, « rest and work » as stated in Julien Gracq’s will. A place of encounters and multiple discussions as well.
Julien Gracq was born on July 27th,1910 in Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, on the banks of the Loire River. The village is located between Nantes and Angers. This is the place where he retired, far away from the literary society until his death, on December 22nd, 2007.
Boarding school strongly impacted Julien Gracq’s childhood. He first attended Clémenceau highschool in Nantes, then went to the famous Henri IV highschool in Paris. He continued his studies at Ecole Normale Supérieure and Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques. He received the “agrégation” of history and geography in 1934 and started his double activity. On one side he wrote his first book “The Castle of Argol” and on the other side he began teaching. He worked at highschools of Quimper, Nantes and Amiens. Claude-Bernard highschool in Paris is where he stayed the longest, from 1947 to 1970.
He kept his real identity, Louis Poirier, as a teacher but wrote under the penname of Julien Gracq. Eighteen of his books have been published by José Corti, a publishing house.
Location : 1 rue du grenier à sel
How to find us :
By car – From Angers (35min) → Follow the A11 in the direction of Nantes, take the exit Beaupréau and follow the direction of Varades and Saint-Florent-le-Vieil.
From Nantes (45min) → Follow the A11 in the direction of Paris, take the exit Ancenis and follow the direction of Varades and Saint-Florent-le-Vieil.
From Paris (3h) → Follow the A11 in the direction of Nantes, take the exit Beaupréau and follow the direction of Varades and Saint-Florent-le-Vieil.
By train- From Paris (2h30)→ Take the train in Gare Montparnasse until Gare Angers Saint-Laud and make a change. You have to take the train in direction of Nantes stopping at Varades-Saint-Florent-le-Vieil.
From Nantes (40min) → Take the train in direction of Angers and stop at Varades-Saint-Florent-le-Vieil. The Maison Julien Gracq is approximately a 25 minute walk.
From Angers (30min) → Take the train the direction of Nantes and stop at Varades-Saint-Florent-le-Vieil. The Maison Julien Gracq is approximately a 25 minute walk.
For more details : +3635 (Renseignements SNCF) or on the website voyages-sncf.com.
By plane- If arriving at Nantes airport, take the bus to the railway station (20min).