Paris, 1818. A female Robinson Crusoe,
madame Jeupardieu, visits the young painter
Theodore Gericault in his Montmartre studio. She
has a myriad of personal stories to tell, first and foremost
being her experience amidst the wreck of the
naval frigate Meduse, which set sail in June 1816 for
the purpose of establishing an African colony when
it struck the Banc d’Arguin and sank, causing a major
political scandal. From the astonishing scenes that
took place on the raft carrying the few survivors,
Gericault will draw inspiration for the painting set to
grant him everlasting fame. In The Raft of the
Medusa, he will incorporate the odyssey of all humankind
and lay the foundations for the Romantic
movement. Yet how can one make art out of destruction?
What lies beyond the painted canvas?
How can the narrative of a woman’s exotic wanderings
be of help? And how can one go on living after
fate has delivered its cruel blow?
A novel set in post-Napoleonic France that sheds
light on the contradictions inherent to the ‘enlightened
West’, likening the Age of Enlightenment to
the colonization of the modern world and raising
once more the fascinating issue of human adventurousness