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Posted on August 18th, 2009 by admin and filed under Uncategorized
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La Fontaine started it by writing Paysan du Danube … or, as some say, Antonio de Guevara, ~ 1480-1545

When writing the fable, La Fontaine planned for moral advice: “Il ne faut point juger des gens sur l’apparence.” In the end, the fable became the story of the rude and rough, but in the same time sincere and audacious person that succeeds against expectations: the second half of the XVIIIth century and the first half of the XIXth century abound in “paysans du Danube” that are either rude or uneducated, a bit dumb and sometimes very ugly who, due to their sincerity, successfully oppose crafty and sometimes evil characters.

The “paysan du Danube” was the noble savage of the Antiquity, and of course, a German, and as the frontier of “interesting” Europe migrated towards the East, the European noble savages was always found right beyond that frontier. After 1800, the lower Danube and it’s Roman antiquities were rediscovered, and with them a new, but with ancient roots, breed of “paysans du Danube”.

As befits all works of romance, the end result will be a story about righteousness and deceit, loyalty and betrayal, innocence and lust, having only wrong choices to choose from, and there will be the mandatory naive but brave and honest old man, a couple of brave cavalry officers, and lots of wicked pirates and crafty Highlanders.

For now, only the working notes are here.

Posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 at 12:50 AM and is filed under Uncategorized. RSS 2.0 feed.