Jérôme Bergami

Fellow readers,

La Terre en Marche becomes larger. Literature is now a part of the adventure. Our winter stop in Georgia was the opportunity to start a publishing project that we had planned from the very beginning of our walk. I am happy to introduce to you our new collection “Recit de Voyage” (“Travellog”) that comprises four of my books.

J’aimerais tant rebrousser chemin (“How I wish I took the way back”) - A travellog in Eastern Europe.
Traces (“Traces”) – A travellog in Kosovo-Albania.
L’appétit des mangroves ("The mangroves’ appetite")– A travellog in French Guyana.
Trois fois feu ("You burn, you shall follow") - A travellog through Asia.

All in one autobiographical, journalistic, ethnological, they are a part of the writings I’ve done during the last 10 years. These books are the look I lay on the world and the evolution of a man, a look that doesn't compromise, both critical and sensitive. It is a vision that I nourish through experiences and meetings, the desire to see and touch peoples, geographies, cultures and the desire to understand; nourished through an insatiable search of the sensation of living.
Other travellogs will follow in these series that will complete my ever moving adventure.

Enjoy reading and have a nice trip!

Jérôme Bergami

Travellog Collection

La Terre en Marche

La Terre en Marche

6,000 km on foot from Venise to China
Two years along Via Egnatia and the Silk Road (550 p., 32 color photos)

par Jérôme BERGAMI

A STEP, A GESTURE, A SIGN

La Terre en Marche is an extraordinary human adventure. All in one sports, discovery and major cultural challenges, as well as a poetical and literary journey, this initiative is the reaction of a man and a woman to the economical, identity and ecological upheavals that the contemporary European and especially French society experience. These two walkers express through their love the will to overcome themselves, to surpass their inner conflicts and fears in order to accomplish a powerful gesture of peace and respect towards other people.

From Venice to Erkeshtam, at the Chinese border, "armed" with only two leather purses hooked up to their belts and containing people's common treasure - soil from the five continents-, Jérôme and Sabina walked more than six thousand kilometers in order to exchange the Earth from one nation to another, from one country to another, along two ancient commercial roads they symbolically transform in meeting and sharing roads.

A modern times epos inspired by strong values and the will to transmit a calmer and more confident vision of human relations. There is a kind of energy that this journey exhales, a journey seen as a school of life, as a primary learning experience.

Jérôme and Sabina are a French-Romanian couple. He is a writer and she is translator, married since 2007 in Brittany and together they have travelled ever since many parts of the globe and had a multitude of professions. Their desire to understand and discover, their unquenched thirst for meaning leads them in 2013 to create their association La Terre en Marche. It is their way to combine their two sensitivities, their two visions of the world and the relations to others. On June 20, 2014 they make their first step.

How I wish I took the way back

How I wish I took the way back

A travellog in Eastern Europe (274 p.)

par Jérôme Bergami

A man who no longer understands both the evolution of his country and his life's story, leaves Brittany in the spirit of the ascetic austerity with a leather bag that hangs at his belt containing the earth of his ancestors. He arrives in Eastern Europe where he hopes to find the answers to his questions. Where is his place in a European geography continuously changing? What is the sense of his identity? Who is he? He follows the footsteps of the Romanian writer Emil Cioran, while trying to answer the existential question this writer asks : “What’s the point of being born?”

Traces

Traces

A travellog in Kosovo-Albania (211 p.)

par Jérôme Bergami

Colonel Z is dead. It is what the Albanian writer Ismail Kadaré asserts in his book “The general of the dead army”. He is dead, but his remains have never been found. A question arises on the spot: what kind of a troubled motivation can push a man to hastily quit his fiancée and to go unearth the bones of a cruel Italian military man sunk into oblivion ever since the end of the Second World War? The narrator doesn’t have a clear answer to that. The Balkans attract him like fire. Kosovo, Albania, “The country of eagles”: at this time of his life, his destiny is played there…

The mangroves' appetite

The mangroves' appetite

A travellog in French Guyana (208 p.)

par Jérôme Bergami

But, dear sir, why the Guyana?...For the jungle, before the last haircut programmed by men; but also for its incredible ethnical puzzle, the mosaic of facies and colors, and also for its deadly sultry, the bugs, the mosquitoes and the gold diggers … Quite an ambition...… Wait, this is not all: I want to meet the white man who became Indian, on the rivers of the Maroni …And what else? To have a baby … such a beautiful project. Please, reassure me, you didn’t come here to consolidate your couple, I hope? Nine out of ten metropolitan couples split up six months after arriving here

You burn, you shall follow

You burn, you shall follow

A travellog through Asia (250 p.)

par Jérôme Bergami

If you set up on a trip to run from something, you’re on the wrong path, because the voyage will right away remind you are mistaken through bringing up your inner anxiety and even exacerbating it. Throughout the nights spent on the road and in the hotel rooms, the voyage will constantly trample on the lying postulate you had adhered to. Instead of granting your desire to run away, it will bring you back to yourself just as the current inevitably brings the boat to the shore.
To put it differently: the voyage always triggers the light of the truth upon your trussed up and worn out being. I told you, you are on the wrong path. The voyage doesn’t provide any liberation, it toughly questions you.

«When the driver stopped the jeep, my wife and I opened the doors and jumped out, our bellies violently touching the earth. The steppe! The steppe! We had been so eager to see it, our spirits were so hungry of it that we madly started to chew the vegetal dirt. People around us got nervous, they were shouting “né ; né!”, but we couldn’t stop, we were biting out of it fanged full. The two women passengers opened wide eyes like in a hallucination; they had never seen two bipeds on all fours eat their country.” (Excerpt)

Cover design and photos: Sabine Sannier
Print: Corlet Numeric

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