Naomi Williams’s "Landfalls" re-visits La Pérouse expedition
On August 20, author Naomi Williams presented her first novel, Landfalls, at the Embassy of France. Her work focuses on the 1785 Lapérouse expedition. Told from a variety of different perspectives and taking place from London to the South Pacific Islands, Williams’s inventive maritime novel re-visits the voyage of these French explorers, who set out to circumnavigate the globe. Landfalls also pays beautiful tribute to the commander, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse. Lapérouse was an important figure in French-U.S. relations, as he fought alongside American troops during the Revolutionary War. "Thanks to these men, our two countries have shared strong bonds for over 200 years now," said Frédéric Doré, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of France, during his welcoming remarks.
- Louis XVI gives instructions to Capitaine de vaisseau La Pérouse. Painting by Nicolas André (1817)
- Voyage of Lapérouse, commissioned by Louis XVI to explore the Pacific, with two ships La Boussole and L’Astrolabe, 1785-88, map by Jacques Liozu, 1941, Albi