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Includes the name: Tesson Sylvain


Works by Sylvain Tesson

La panthère des neiges (2019) 154 copies
Sur les chemins noirs (2016) 142 copies
Petit traité sur l'immensité du monde (2005) — Author — 81 copies
Un été avec Homère (2018) — Author — 71 copies
S'abandonner à vivre (2014) — Author — 49 copies
Une vie à coucher dehors (2009) — Author — 41 copies
Eloge de l'énergie vagabonde (2007) — Author — 27 copies
Blanc (2022) 23 copies
On a roulé sur la terre (1996) — Author — 23 copies
Un été avec Rimbaud (2021) 18 copies
Géographie de l'instant (2012) 18 copies
Avec les fées 6 copies
Sibérie ma chérie (2012) — Author — 5 copies
Noir: Textes et dessins (2022) 5 copies
Les Jardins d'Allah (2004) 4 copies
L'éternel retour (2009) — Author — 4 copies
L'aventure : Pour quoi faire ? (2013) — Contributor — 4 copies
Berézina (2022) 2 copies
Lac Baïkal 2 copies
Berezina (Album) (2016) — Author — 2 copies
Carnets d'aventures (2014) 2 copies
Nouvelles de l'Est (2002) 1 copy
Weiß (2023) 1 copy
Jedno ljeto s Homerom (2020) 1 copy
Lato z Homerem (2019) 1 copy
Kar Panteri (2022) 1 copy
Tibet, minéral animal (2018) 1 copy
Anagrammes à la folie (2019) 1 copy

Associated Works

Pretium Doloris : L'accident comme souci de soi (2002) — Preface, some editions — 2 copies


Common Knowledge

Paris, Frankreich



Sylvain Tesson is an adventurer and traveller who has written numerous books about his overland treks. His travels are extreme, searching for the snow leopard in Tibet, or living like a hermit in a cabin in Siberia. He explored caves in Borneo and rode a motorcycle across Iceland. He travelled around the world in two years on a bicycle, and a few years later he trekked across the Himalaya, and these are just a few examples of his extreme journeys.

In 2014, Tesson had a accident, falling from a roof, and the following year he made his first trek through France. In the hospital bed he vowed that if he would recover he would hike across France.

In the introductory chapters, Tesson goes over some of the great European writers who wrote about hiking in France, notably Stevenson's Travels with a donkey in the Cevennes and Hermann Hesse's novella Knulp. He moans how useless it seems to travel to his starting point with the TGV high-speed train, only to walk back. Sur les chemins noirs is written as a diary, a walking journey from 27 August till 8 November. The books contains maps that show the extent of rural areas in south and central France, and the rural roads Tesson travelled. Tesson is much concerned with himself, in his inward monologues he describes the route, pondering people and literature. Descriptions of the landscape, mountains and vegetation are factual rather than lyrical. The tone of his interior monologues is anger and resentment. French literature has many other writers who describe the French countryside with passion, so utterly lacking from Tesson's book.

Sur les chemins noirs was filmed in 2023, and came out as On the Wandering Paths
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edwinbcn | 7 other reviews | Feb 21, 2024 |
Stunning book of nature and philosophy. Best read as a companion to the documentary The Velvet Queen.
secondhandrose | Oct 31, 2023 |
Avec mon ami le guide de haute montagne Daniel du Lac, je suis parti de Menton au bord de la Méditerranée pour traverser les Alpes à ski, jusqu’à Trieste, en passant par l’Italie, la Suisse, l’Autriche et la Slovénie. De 2018 à 2021, à la fin de l’hiver, nous nous élevions dans la neige. Le ciel était vierge, le monde sans contours, seul l’effort décomptait les jours. Je croyais m’aventurer dans la beauté, je me diluais dans une substance. Dans le Blanc tout s’annule — espoirs et regrets. Pourquoi ai-je tant aimé errer dans la pureté ? S. T… (more)
cflorin | 3 other reviews | Nov 6, 2022 |
Thank you netgalley for the free ARC Copy.

I love travel books, I love travelling and seeing the world but with this pandemic I have to settle with reading about different places thus picking out this book. The author's story is admirable and inspiring but there is a disconnect with his situation and the story he is building. We get a lot of his thoughts especially about hyperruralism, globalization and the internet. I didn't really get to explore rural and coastal France as much as I want to. This feels like reading some ramblings. The dates are also very vague, a year would have provided more context. Some pictures would have been nice as well.… (more)
krizia_lazaro | Mar 10, 2022 |



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