It’s from the region of the Haute-Lozère that Nicole Lombard talks to us about time, flowers, skies and stars, about men, books and wine. A manual on botany as much as on friendship and love – love of the earth and of human beings -, Loin des vendanges takes the form of a vine seedling planted in spring in the cold earth of the Aubrac region, which, as the seasons pass by and the vine-stock grows, unrolls the thread of intimate memories as well as memories of families, of landscapes, and of human kind. Under the supervision of Giono, whom she knows so well, and of Gracq, whose precision in writing and intelligence we believe to recognise, Nicole Lombard undertakes, while talking of vineyards, to uncover her own roots. Like a shadow reflected in the glare of wine, the missing mother figure fills up this remarkably thorough story with emotion.
Nicole Lombard has been living on the highlands of the Lozère for several years. Through precious books, Le cheval d’Angelo, Etrangers sur l’Aubrac, Les Affrontailles, which depend on daily events as much as on memories, she chronicles elegantly and with much cultivation an austere world and a nature she observes with humour and meticulousness, with enchantment and lucidity.