David Ignaszewski / Koboy
While His red notebook, a collection of news on infidelity, just released in bookstores, the writer and journalist Tatiana de Rosnay opens the doors of his "Manderley": the very secret room of his Paris apartment located close to Montparnasse.
What is your job as a writer in your apartment?
Tatiana Rosnay : Nothing ! Apart from the large entrance populated with tons of books.
So you do not work at home?
Tatiana Rosnay : In one of my previous apartments, I wrote in my room. I also liked writing in the kitchen, quiet, at 5 o'clock in the morning. But today, I climb into what I call my Manderley, in reference to the novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, my favorite author.
Where is this Manderley hiding?
Tatiana Rosnay : This is a small maid's room of 7 m2, located on the eighth floor of the building where I live. I am the only one with the key.
Tatiana de Rosnay has the habit of hanging over her desk the plan of the novel she is writing.
Can you describe this hidden and perched office?
Tatiana Rosnay : It has parquet floors, bare walls, no water supply, but a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower. My computer is not connected. I just have a phone, no one has the number. Up there, I'm in the middle of objects that are dear to me, pictures, gifts, drawings, little blue notebooks. I write on a school desk, mottled 15 euros in Montparnasse. My chair is wooden and uncomfortable to prevent me from being worn. I like to work the hard way. And on the food side, I always have Cachou, tea, madeleines, granny smith and chocolate.
Photos, drawings, trinkets ... decorate her maid's room.
Is it also in your Manderley that you take the time to read?
Tatiana Rosnay : No. To read, I go down to the apartment. I read in my room or in the big kitchen, which is also the family headquarters. This is where my husband and two children love to linger.
And TV, does it play a special role in your life?
Tatiana Rosnay : It is installed in the living room. I turn it on to watch all kinds of shows.
"This box, which may be a real Wedgwood but I'm not sure, belonged to my maternal grandmother, who was English and collected the items, including this box I received when she died. inside, there's everything: my son's baby teeth, my wisdom teeth, mismatched buttons, safety pins, coins ... It's like a time-box. never part with me. "
Are places and interiors the key to some of your novels?
Tatiana Rosnay : Yes. Her name was Sarah, it's the story of an apartment on rue de Saintonge, in the Marais. As for my first novel, it was called The Apartment Witness ... A place is essential to create, invent, imagine. A house, an interior, is like a person: its walls are its memory. My Manderley is the key to my inspiration today: it is my dovecote, my tower and an elsewhere.
David Ignaszewski / Koboy
To read: Her red notebook, by Tatiana de Rosnay (Héloïse d'Ormesson edition, 15 euros).