Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion
As well as telling the story of Andrea’s involvement with Rimboy and Albert (see earlier blogs), Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion also tells the story of the lost manuscript itself.
My inspiration for this was again a What if?
What if it had been accidentally or incidentally saved from destruction?
What if it been hidden away again and then rediscovered?
I wanted to imagine a history for the manuscript and to show how it could have been handed down through the years.
I also wanted to tell the story of each person who had possession of it and how it affected them.
This idea inspired the consecutive stories of :
- Jean Martins, the legal clerk who saves the manuscript from destruction;
- Simone Vennard, who discovers it hidden M. Martins' rooms;
- Aurore and Dora, lesbian lovers who acquire it in the twenties;
- Charlie Dick, a private eye who attempts to track it down in the fifties for his client, Babette Beaulieu.
Each of these strands is written in a different style, in voices which I hope are true to the characters and the type of stories they are telling.
Following the What if trail is often a good way to get inspiration for a novel.
It worked for me.
Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion will be published in autumn 2014 in association with Triskele Books.