He was not the most prolific of writers, and when he was awarded the Prix Goncourt in December 1903, he was a complete unknown. Even the jury wondered where this incredibly talented young author had sprung from when they elected him as winner of one of the major literary prizes. The only thing to go on was his name, John-Antoine Nau, presuming that it wasn’t a pseudonym, and it was known that he was born in California. Yet the American wrote in French and was on the brink of going to an island where he had always dreamed of living, Corsica.Learn more
A stunning island that has long been celebrated by artists. Ancient poets already hailed its paradisiacal landscapes, and John-Antoine Nau – like many others before him – wanted to see the maquis, the cork oak forests, the flat-stone houses scattered amidst fabulous mountains. From these searing summits, it is possible to make out coves submerged in crystal-clear waters, fragments of shoreline in azure and turquoise. The author toured the region before finally settling on the southern shore, at Porto Vecchio.
Today, barely 15 minutes from the town centre, from shady alleys and avenues lined with plane trees, a villa stands on the coastal heights. The gardens encircling it exude heady perfumes. At the edge of the swimming pool and a wooden deck, these fragrant floral scents mingle with salty aromas from the sea further down. The voluptuous mixture infuses the air on the pétanque ground and around the summer living room, and even inside the residence. Inside, a fireplace takes pride of place in a living room that opens out onto two terraces whilst another living area featuring solid-wood beams holds a games room and a library.
The mild fragrances are at their height when the sun descends from the zenith, and all the plants breathe out in the evening warmth. The subtle aromas penetrate the bedrooms –superb suites that all have their own bathroom, sometimes including a bathtub.
At this time of the day, the last boats hasten to return to the port, their sparkling white hulls sailing, as the unknown winner of the Goncourt described, “on the crystal collapsing from the high swell, diaphanous in the sunlight”.
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