Autonauts of the Cosmoroute: A Timeless Voyage from Paris to Marseille
Autonauts of the Cosmoroute:
A Timeless Voyage from Paris to Marseille
by Julio Cortazar
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In May 1982, the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar and his third wife, Carol Dunlop, embarked on a curious expedition. With their trusty VW camper van, dubbed Fafner after Wagner’s dragon, they set out to drive from Paris to Marseille, intending to discover the other thruway, the parallel path hidden in plain sight, along the autoroute. The better to gain access to that imagined place, the couple established some rules: They would not once leave the highway; they would explore each rest stop, at a rate of two a day; they would take detailed notes on their findings; and, like Marco Polo, they would write a book on their journey as they went.
The trip to Marseille is normally a day’s drive, but with sixty-five rest stops, they passed an entire month on their voyage. By traveling at a medieval pacedriving between
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