[INTERVIEW] Mathieu Laca: Flaubert’s psychedelic therapist

An excerpt from a new interview featuring my history as a reader of Gustave Flaubert.


“When my husband studied Madame Bovary at university, one of his professors told him that he had drunk a small amount of arsenic in order to fully understand Emma’s symptoms before the poison kills her,” Laca says, before adding in a reassuring tone: “He took it under medical supervision obviously, but I have to admit that this story just fascinates me."

I was recently invited by a student of fashion journalism to share my thoughts on 19th century French novelist Gustave Flaubert.

As a stringent advocate of literary realism (not to mention his penchant for perfectionism), Flaubert was always high on my list of historical subjects to paint. 

In the interview, I talk about Flaubert, Madame Bovary, and the literary icons that became my superheroes as a teenager. 

Check out the full interview here.

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