Reading : "The Cemetery of the Nameless Boat" by Arturo Perez Reverte

La Carta EsféricaSummer is the time to relax, it is also that of reading. This time I leads you along the coast of Spain for a treasure hunt…

La Carta Esférica was published in Spain in 2000, and March 2001 for the French translation of François Maspero Editions du Seuil.

Arturo Perez Reverte

Born in Cartagena in 1951, War reporter, he has covered armed conflicts around the world for over twenty years before devoting himself exclusively to writing literary. He published his first novel 1986. Always at the limit of detective fiction, historical novel or documentary, he was particularly eclectic in his choice of subjects. Several of her novels have met a deserved success : The Fencing Master, The Flanders Panel, The Club Dumas, to mention only the most famous in French, all adapted for the cinema. From 1996 to 2006, he began a series romance The Adventures of Captain Alatriste(*) soon very popular in Spain, recounting the many adventures of a Spanish captain of the 17th century, Diego Alatriste, mixture of Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes at the time of the spanish grandees.

Le cimetière des bateaux sans nomThe Cemetery of the Nameless Boats

A Marine officer suspended, private sea, its only way of life. His meeting in Barcelona with a mysterious young woman he falls in love madly. A maritime atlas of the 18th century won auction. A treasure hunter unscrupulous methods. A brigantine sunk over two centuries in the bottom of the Mediterranean. These are the ingredients for a dangerous adventure in which the author leads us off the south coast of Spain, which the hero emerges unscathed.

Adventure story, suspense, The Cemetery of the Nameless Boats is also a love story whose main heroine is the sea, and a tribute to all the novelists of the sea : Melville, Stevenson, Conrad, O’Brian, Poe…

Reverte brings his talent to the great maritime literature, a fascinating history, "Hymn to the magical gold of dreams", in which the watermark is part of shadow that makes the man who reveals himself in the most extreme moments of his life.

Certainly, for yachtmen we are, a great relaxing time to study the spherical chart and let's immerse in warm seas of the Mediterranean…

Localisation supposée du Dei Gloria

Supposed location of Dei Gloria


(*) All translated into French.


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3 Replies to “Lecture : "The Cemetery of the Nameless Boat" by Arturo Perez Reverte”

  1. A beautiful novel with a few particular details on the history of cartography and especially of meridians. Perez Reverte always, Obviously Captain Alatriste, but another very good novel on a background of traffic in Gibraltar : Queen of South.

    1. Ah, Queen of South ! From a very real character, Sandra Avila Beltran Mexican, having lost two husbands in the wars of narco-trafficking. Nicknamed "the Queen of the Pacific", arrested in September 2007, she told all her life story in the middle of narco-traffickers and their links with political authorities and police after a famous Mexican journalist, and published 2008 Pacific Queen : it's time to tell...
      What is a little "disturbing" in this novel, is that you would almost want to pity the heroine !…

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