Gustave Flaubert

- The story of Flaubert hotel - An invitation on a journey Rouen Hotel
33 rue du Vieux Palais, 76000 ROUEN +33(0)2 35 71 00 88 contact@hotelgustaveflaubert.com

An invitation on a journey

The decoration of the literary hotel Gustave Flaubert was conceived by the architect Aude Bruguière assisted by Aleth Prime to pay tribute to Flaubert and to enter into his world.

The floors of the hotel are organised around the theme of travel which he so enjoyed. We walk through the ground floor dedicated to Normandy, with Madame Bovary, Un cœur simple and Bouvard et Pécuchet.

Then Paris, the setting of L’Éducation sentimentale, followed by the antique Carthage of Salammbô. One floor details the other works written by Flaubert such as La Tentation de saint Antoine, another evokes Flaubert’s society and friends, the last traces the writer’s journeys. Each floor offers a quotation that can encourage reading one of the great masters of the French novel.

The rooms are personalised around a work, a character, or an intimate friend of Flaubert’s: Emma Bovary, Frédéric Moreau, Mégara, Guy de Maupassant, etc. An original watercolour by Jean Aubertin revisits the chosen theme, and a text of Helène de Lacoste gives the visitor desiring to know more, details and quotations from the writer. The headboards present the well-known quotation from L’Éducation sentimentale, evoking the hero of the book, Frédéric Moreau:

« Il voyagea. Il connut la mélancolie des paquebots, les froids réveils sous la tente, l’étourdissement des paysages et des ruines, l’amertume des sympathies interrompues. Il revint. Il fréquenta le monde, et il eut d’autres amours encore. Mais le souvenir continuel du premier les lui rendait insipides ; et puis la véhémence du désir, la fleur même de la sensation était perdue. Ses ambitions d’esprit avaient également diminué. Des années passèrent ; et il supportait le désœuvrement de son intelligence et l’inertie de son cœur. »

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