#WritersWednesday: Blank Page, a reflection on Gustave #Flaubert

I read that Gustave Flaubert thought the "Communeux" - the revolutionaries who fought the losing battle of the Paris Commune in 1871, and got massacred - had wanted to "return to the Middle Ages". Yet he was a discerning writer and observer of the French society... This prompted some musing on the role of writers in our troubled … Continue reading #WritersWednesday: Blank Page, a reflection on Gustave #Flaubert

#FiveSentenceFiction: Villainous

We met in the Alte Nationalgallerie, in Faust's metropolis, admiring old masters, he, well into eighteenth century German painting, and I, as ever the historian, researching the pre-1870 period, before the Iron Kingdom turned into the centre of the new Reich. A passing comment, near Toteninsel of Arnold Böcklin, started up our conversation. "I can't locate your accent," he … Continue reading #FiveSentenceFiction: Villainous