June 30, 2022

The book “In search of a lost Cahors 1920> 1960” has just been released – Medialot

It is published by Edicausse.

“In search of a lost Cahors 1920> 1960” has just been released by Edicausse. Passionate about the cultural riches of Quercy and of Cadurcian life in particular, Maurice Rouget (1912-2002), a former “associate grammar” teacher at the Gambetta high school, shares with us the life of the young and old people who were the “actors. »Of the life of the city from the 1920s to the 1960s. With the end of the conflicts and the changes that will follow in our daily lives, our author, who remained faithful to the Lot all his life, is the privileged witness to accompany us in this process. search for a lost Cahors.

> The book

Witness of forty years of life within the Cadurcian microcosm, it is first under the new eye of a kid who lived at the Lycée Gambetta from 1924 to 1930 that our author Maurice Rouget describes this world which has now disappeared. The enrichment of this chronicle will continue with the adult who was built up until his aggregation then his career as a teacher in the same establishment from 1936 to 1972. The kaleidoscope that he offers us is punctuated by singular figures, some of which names still resonate; those of Gustave Barreau, music teacher, Delsaud and his bookstore whose facade adorns a shopping street. The school is not far away and the evocation of some memories, undoubtedly “wisely” buried (awarding of prizes, teachers and supervisors …) will quickly come to the surface. The world of the street, that of the neighborhoods, the “badernes” or even that of the boulevard, the “forum” of Cahors, put into verse by another local celebrity Eugène Grangié, forgotten poet and promoter of tourism in the Lot region in the 1930s. And the visit continues in other unmissable places, the alleys, the station sung by Valéry Larbaud, the theater, the Tassart park described as “new garden”. The Lot river is not to be outdone with the pescofis – Occitan is very present in everyday life – and the town squares (Thiers, Cathedral, place aux oies, etc.) resonate with a thousand noises of fair days. The hundreds of places, names of forgotten or famous characters gathered in this work are abundantly illustrated by two friends of this Cadurcian past: Jean-Michel Rivière, collector and Jean-Louis Nespoulous, photographer and custodian of the Bouzerand collection. Their postcards, drawings and photographs accurately reproduce these moments of life. As for the preface, it is Étienne Baux, professor of History, former colleague of Maurice Rouget who does us the honor of these first entry lines to this “lost Cahors…”.

> www.edicausse.fr

> You can find the book at Calligramme, at the Maison de la Presse, at the Espace Culturel Leclerc and at the Labéraudie press depot

> “In search of a lost Cahors 1920> 1960”: Price: 25 euros

120 color pages, illustrated with 150 documents, many of them unpublished (photographs therefore part of the Bouzerand Fund, postcards, drawings and period documents)

Photo @ Léon Bouzerand – Jean-Louis Nespoulous archives – Les Pescofis (a call for witnesses to put names on certain faces is launched in the book)

> Summary

– Some singular silhouettes among others

– Gambetta high school, five irremovable “repeaters”

– Days of fairs, people, animals, places, traditions, people, inns and restaurants

– Coffee break 200 meters from “Boulevard”

– Other Cadurcian images and moments of life

– One last window shopping

These six chapters are followed by a 22-page Photo Book

> The author

Maurice Rouget, originally from the village of Peyrilles, comes from a family where education already held a large place. His mother provided the class in the village while his aunt sister watched over the Degagnazès school, in the heart of Bouriane. During the conflict of 14, while his father was mobilized, Maurice joined his maternal grandfather Jean Sol, a teacher in Pasturat (town of Arcambal). It will remain there until 1920. These years will undoubtedly be decisive in the construction of its roots. In 1924, he continued his education at the Gambetta high school, then khâgne, preparing him for literary studies and finally the grammar aggregation that he would pass in 1936. Although very much in demand very regularly by the famous authors André Lagarde and Laurent Michard, he preferred to stay in the Lot and began a career as a teacher at the Gambetta high school from 1936 to 1972. Nothing really filtered out from his personal life. His commitment to support his parents who remained in Peyrilles will undoubtedly be at the origin of his maintenance in the statute of celibacy. For the needs of his teaching activities, he lived in rue Etienne Brives but will keep a permanent link with Peyrilles throughout his life. We owe to Maurice Rouget many writings among which several texts devoted in particular to his dear high school as well as to Gambetta. As part of the Centenary of the Proclamation of the Republic, Edicausse editions published in 2020 a manuscript that has remained unpublished which brings a new perspective on the last ten years of the life of our Cadurcian hero through the important correspondence exchanged with that who would never become Madame Gambetta: “Léonie Léon and Gambetta. An astonishing ten-year love story (1872-1882) ”