With the Cluniac Sites, the Cistercians Abbeys, the rock art and the Via Regia, EHTTA introduced the work on a virtual novel presenting four characters that will travel in Europe during two years, from one thermal city to another. For this occasion Michel Thomas-Penette Delegate General showed a powerpoint presentation to enhance the theoretical and conceptual basis of an approach based on storytelling and transmedia.
All Historic Thermal Towns, where all of literary, artistic and royal Europe met from the 18th Century to the beginning of the 20th Century, seemed to form a perfectly appropriate framework to achieve this objective. These towns can indeed allow for the modern rediscovery of narrative space beyond compare, which has been walked by serial novelists, travellers and observers, such as: Alexandre Dumas or Théophile Gautier, Octave Mirbeau, Paul Morand or Gérard de Nerval; as well as Robert Louis Stevenson, Ernest Hemingway or Curzio Malaparte, to name not only French-speakers. A narrative space connecting a sense of responsibility, of the collective, of the need for collective identity but also the comprehension of the space and time into which these landscapes are inscribed: all this in close ties between impression, story and imagination.
In relation with the Culture Programme’s answer that has been sent to the European Commission last November, it is foreseen – whatever the result of the bid prepared by EHTTA, The Route des Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central and nine thermal cities - to settle an interactive novel entitled “Travel to the sources of Europe” that will be developed as a “transmedia” project and based on the concepts examined in this presentation. This novel will act through four characters: a writer, a musician, a doctor and a decision maker who will travel during two years from one city to another, between memory and present, addressing either the fans of classical novels as the “thumberellas” of today.
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