The story of a double encounter, a double passion, and the intersection of different eras and social classes through a long string of causes and effects.
“I started this book a little more than twenty years ago and had made very halting progress because, although I was obsessed with the idea of writing something on Marcel Duchamp, I had no idea what form it should take. My starting point was a letter that the artist wrote from Morocco in 1942. He was fleeing the German occupation and had just been interned in a transit camp located on the outskirts of Casablanca.
‘Obviously’, he wrote, ‘conditions in the camp are atrocious (no bed, just one big room with straw mattresses for both men and women, more than a hundred), but I have succeeded in escaping the worst. I sleep in a very comfortable bathroom, seven kilometers outside of Casa, near the ocean.’
My project started to take shape when I added a narrator, the great granddaughter of the owners of the bathroom where Duchamp had found refuge, as well as a scholar whose research has motivated him to find the artist. All that was left to do was to have Duchamp bring them together.”
– Serge Bramly