20 July 2017

Frédéric Mistral, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône (13)

On the steps leading up to the Basilique de Notre-Dame de la Garde – a building which dominates the marseillais skyline) is a plaque dedicated to Frédéric Mistral (1830–1914), who was a member of the Académie de Marseille and of course won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1904. The five-line verse in Provençal (Mistral being one of the founder members of Le Félibrige) is a hymn to Marseille. The verse is taken from the book Li isclo d'or (1875), which was translated into French as Les Îles d'or ('The Golden Islands').

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