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A last look at the disquieting island of If...
16-OCT-2008 Marisa

A last look at the disquieting island of If...

Marseille (France)

The Château d'If is a former fortress built in 1524 on the tiny island of If,
in front of Marseille;it became a state prison in the 17th century.

The novel of Alexander Dumas "The count of Monte Christo" has made it famous.
Having made his watery escape after five years of incarceration
as the innocent victim of treachery,
the hero of the piece, Edmond Dantès, describes the island thus:
"Blacker than the sea, blacker than the sky,
rose like a phantom the giant of granite,
whose projecting crags seemed like arms extended to seize their prey".
The reality, for most prisoners, was worse:
they went insane or died (and sometimes both)
before reaching the end of their sentences.
Only the nobles living in the less fetid upper-storey cells
had much chance of survival,
like de Niozelles, who was given six years
for failing to take his hat off in the presence of Louis XIV,
and Mirabeau, who was doing time for debt.

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Barri Olson22-Nov-2008 22:25
This is very powerful and timeless.
skhin22-Nov-2008 16:32
very appropriate treatment given this picture.
Yiannis Pavlis20-Nov-2008 04:15
The picture is just like an art in highest level!
It is praiseworthy for those who adore the scene with emotion and excitement!
carol j. phipps19-Nov-2008 20:02
Amazing ambiance! The color, subdued lighting, architecture, all make for a great composition and story-line! Vote
MarcWildPassion18-Nov-2008 20:11
Like it a lot. big V
Jean-Luc Elias17-Nov-2008 15:54
Very special colors and a lot of mood in this image! V
Bartosz Kotulski17-Nov-2008 10:47
such a beautiful mood. nicely composed and great treatment. my vote
Máire Uí Mhaicín17-Nov-2008 10:36
The image of this island is just as forbidding as the one I have carried in my head ever since I spent a summer holiday as a teenager reading the really lengthy and very enjoyable by Dumas. He really knew how to tell a good story!
Gérard Koehl17-Nov-2008 10:23
Excellent traitement... V
Sofia Solomennikova17-Nov-2008 10:06
It looks quite mysterious :)
Patricia Kay17-Nov-2008 08:22
Marisa...Beautiful moody shot...I think the sky fits perfectly with the description of the Island of IF....V