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The interview of the novelist S-P Decroix in 7 questions!

Today, we are zooming in on SP Decroix, the author who has just published her novel La Princesse du fond des Temps (The Princess of the deepest Times), which arouses great interest on the part of many readers have pre-ordered their copy prior to its release.

We asked her a few questions so she would have less secrets for you …

1 / How many years have you been writing and how did you start writing your first novels?

I have been writing novels since I was 16 years old. I am 41 years old today, it can be said that I have been writing for 25 years. But, I must say that I had begun long before, writing poetry.

2 / What was your intention when you wrote La Princesse du fond des Temps (The Princess of the deepest Times)?

This question also answers the second part of the first.
When I wrote this fantastic tale at the age of 16, my very first, it was above all for my sisters Emmanuelle and Aurore aged at the time of 12 and 7 years. I wanted to change their ideas, to introduce them to the magic of dreams. And at their age, what better way than a beautiful heroine with a harsh character in search of an extraordinary adventure?

3 / To write to you, it is …

to escape, to invite others to travel in my worlds, is also to share, quite simply.
I find it wonderful to tell myself that I manage to make people dream, to transport people with me, “elsewhere”, just with words … it’s really fantastic.

4 / What do you have in common with the heroine of your novel, Sokorie?

No doubt: my determination, because it took me time, hard work and courage to get to where I am now.
There were many obstacles, I do not doubt for a moment that there are certainly others, but I am and will always remain standing, even if I have often doubted it. And it’s good to know that an editor really believes in you. I would never thank Lysons enough editions for their support.

5 / If you were to be the heroine of a legend other than that of the Princess of the deepest Times, what would it be?

It is certain that I would not be a new “Snow White” or “Cinderella”. I like that my heroines are a little more “resourceful”. So I would rather think of a Legend like that of “Mulan“, a great-hearted adventurer who was probably one of the first to be in the fight of prejudices. She could be assimilated to the female cause, just like the “Princess Leïa” of “Star Wars”.
Strength” is with them but not only; gentleness, intelligence also, and again: determination.

6 / You have had many literary prizes, how do you live this recognition of your work and this growing awareness?

Yes, I’ve been in competitions for a long time. It is always moving to know that your work is enjoying and that it is rewarded. But I do not think I have real notoriety. it is necessary to be wise and to remain humble because the way to be “recognized” is stony, and if to reach the summit is difficult, to fall is very easy, on the contrary. So I want to keep a cool head and act with caution, wisdom. On the other hand, if I can put this “recognition” at the service of just causes, I will do it. It is also in this context that I participate in the event of September of the “Pièces Jaunes” Foundation of my region.

7 / If you had a single message to convey to your readers, what would it be?

Hope is what keeps human peoples apart from darkness. Particularly during troubling, difficult, even atrocious events. It is also this fragile flame that allows us to see “further”. Believe in your dreams. Believe in yourself and always keep hope.

Interview carried out on August 14, 2017 by Leandro De Carvalho for Lysons éditions. Thanks to Sandrine for answering our questions!

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The Voynich manuscript: a very mysterious book

Voynich’s manuscript: I have always been fascinated by this enigma. Being an unconditional fan of the fantastic and the mysterious, it could not be otherwise. This manuscript is a secret all by itself, pages after pages, jealously guarding the smallest piece of truth. Lara Croft and Sydney Fox would gladly pull it off, trying to uncover its true story – Indiana Jones, seeming to have already done it…

How can a simple block of leaves, connected together, arouse so much wonder and mystery at the same time?

After all, it’s just a book! Yes, but precisely:

What is this book? Its goal ? When was it written? Who is the author ?

Even today, all these questions remain in suspense, lost between mysticism and more down-to-earth theories. However, despite these many assumptions, all doubts remain allowed. That is what fascinates so much.

The discovery of the manuscript

The manuscript bears the name of the man who discovered it in 1912, near Rome, in a Roman religious congregation: Wilfrid M. Voynich. Composed of 234 pages, this book is made of vellum (dead-calf skin, worked in parchment). It would seem, according to pagination, that the work is missing 13 folios. Presumably, the latter were already missing when Voynich acquired the manuscript. Written in a totally unknown language, the book contains many illustrations, mainly plants, unidentifiable.

A carbon-14 analysis showed that it was manufactured between 1404 and 1438. Apart from what we know from our technologies, the manuscript only appeared in history in 1665. In fact, a letter dated from this time, Jan Marek Marci (scientist and philosopher) indicates that the book was bought by Rudolf II of the Holy Roman Empire (Prince of the House of Austria – great royal family). According to a correspondence study, the oldest owner of this book was Georg Baresch, an alchemist living in Prague in the 17th century. According to the hypothesis advanced, the manuscript will be held by the Roman College between 1648 and 1912.

The only signs reflecting the antiquity of the Voynich manuscript – the text remains incomprehensible – can be found in the illustrations, more specifically in the dresses and headdresses of the characters, as well as in the two castles that appear. These elements are characteristic of the European style, between 1450 and 1520. Although these illustrations remain mysterious, they were classified by researchers into six sections:

  • Herbarium;
  • Astronomy;
  • Biology;
  • Cosmology;
  • Chemotherapy;
  • Recipes.

Even the American cryptologist William Friedman, known for having successfully deciphered the code used by the Japanese army during the Second World War, failed in his attempt to understand Voynich’s manuscript.

The main theories

The Voynich manuscript would be an encyclopedic work listing therapeutic plants, as well as substances of animal and mineral origin.

Some hypotheses suggest that it would be a medieval recipe to create the philosopher’s stone.

In 1970, a cryptographer of the US Navy said that the book had been written by several authors. This conclusion has recently been challenged by a writing expert.

Many authors have been attributed to this book, some of which have been discarded recently thanks to carbon-14 dating, others by the results of research – and for some, the mystery remains: Roger Bacon (author dismissed but long evoked John Dee, Edward Kelley, Anthony Ascham, Jacobus Sinapius, Jan Marci, Raphael Mnishovsky, Wilfrid Voynich (also dismissed by correspondence dated 1639).

An undecodable manuscript

The manuscript would be written in a European language, intentionally hidden by letter-coding.

Words would be encoded so that they can be found using a dictionary or an encryption table.

Much of the text would make no sense, hiding information in unnoticed details.

The language used would be invented from scratch.

The linguist Jacques Guy suggested that the manuscript used an exotic natural language, written with an invented alphabet. This theory would be the most coherent, and historically plausible.

The manuscript would come from Mexico and not from Europe, some plants appearing to resemble Mesoamerican species.

Many people think that this manuscript is purely an imposture. However, this hypothesis has been ruled out by all the studies carried out on the book.

The very fragile Voynich manuscript aroused so much curiosity in the world that the Beinecke Library where it was preserved (Yale University, United States) decided to cede – to a secret amount – the reproduction rights to a house Of Spanish edition, specializing in the publication of ancient manuscript facsimiles. Thus, 898 replicas will be produced, for a price of 7000 to 8000 euros each. For the manufacture of the first facsimile, the process will take no less than eighteen months.
Skeptics and more convinced must all admit a fact: the Voynich manuscript contains many mysteries. For to the questions “who?”, “when?”, “where?”, “why?”, no one can answer with absolute certainty.

And you, are you subjugated by the secrets that hide this old work? What are your theories?

Article written by Maud Wlek (Author of Nayra).

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Living in harmony highlights existential thoughts and reveals in a simple and clear way how to be really oneself, how to make peace with his past and how to live with serenity by surmounting any slightest problems. Thanks to positive and inspirational thoughts: you go to be able to reconnect with your esence, trust you, find your authenticity and move forward to the expressway which will concretize all your desires! The harmony: the key to bloom and live the life which we dream to live!

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