Are the things that we experience just accidental or – as one of the protagonists says – “maybe it was all supposed to be like this?” The book came to life in the shade of an olive tree in Provence. The singing of cicadas would bring memories to my mind, and the heat merged them with stories I invented.
A group of three young friends sets off on a journey to France. They are walking, tasting, talking, listening to the stories of the people they meet and thus discover what the French call “joie de vivre” – the joy of life. All protagonists are connected by a cicada: a symbol of infinity and a twist of fate, which incessantly accompanies them as they travel.
A group of three friends set off for a travel to France: they want to quit the beaten tracks of everyday life to find the joy, about which they’ve heard so often. By this wandering, they want to find their own paradise and people with whom they could share it. The characters in the novel are young people, who soon will have to choose the direction in which their future will go. They fear a little bit of this future, which disappears in a thick fog, they feel strange in this world, where their dreams seem just to be products in a supermarket. So, they set off for a travel, that lasts a month, two months, whole life, and they try to find their identity, a star which they can follow.
I wrote this book in Provence, inspired by the travel to this Land of Light: the story is a combination of a reportage and literature, things that really happened and the imagined ones. The story is told by a young writer and is sometimes interrupted by his novel, which come from inspiration of what he sees and feels. Every character, in the travel like in the novels, is connected to the other ones…
The book tells that life is big and everyone of us have something that Sun has. It’s also a story about people in my age, their joy and indecision, a reality with which they have to cope. And they’re not alone. There is one thing which helps them during their travel: a simple flash, miraculously unexplainable, a twist of fate, which can turn a life upside down. Our lives do not only belong to us, because everyone undergoes the twists of fate. But do they simply happen as accidents, or rather destination?
Mikołaj Wyrzykowski: a student in the second class o High Schools, speaks in Polish, French and English, his passion is writing as well as music – he plays piano and guitar. He finished The Interegional Workshops of Journalism and the Study of Reportage in Bydgoszcz. Author of press articles, journalist of the regional addition to weekly „Sunday”. He wrote four books: „Tales from the Pine Forest”, „The Hairy Travels: Italy for three collies”, „A Twist of Fate”, a novel about more or les accidental accidents happening during a trip to France, the books is published in Polish and English; and „A Memory of the Present Moment”, a volume of poetry available in Polish and English version also. A scholar of the City of Toruń in the field of culture and of the Foundation Pasjopolis. He have already realised to media projects: „The Hairy Travels in Radio Kielce (2013); „France avec Passion (2014)” and „Along the trail of Saint Jacob- Camino Polaco (2015)” – the reportages will be published in press.