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Jean Giono - L'homme qui plantait des arbres

Jean Giono - L'homme qui plantait des arbres
La nouvelle de Jean Giono qui suit a été écrite vers 1953 et n'est que peu connue en France. Par contre, traduite en treize langues, elle a été largement diffusée dans le monde entier et si appréciée que de nombreuses questions ont été posées sur la personnalité d'Elzéard Bouffier et sur la forêt de Vergons, ce qui a permis de retrouver le texte. Si l'homme qui plantait des chênes est le produit de l'imagination de l'auteur, il y a eu effectivement dans cette région un énorme effort de reboisement surtout depuis 1880. Cent mille hectares ont été reboisés avant la première guerre mondiale, surtout en pin noir d'Autriche et en mélèze d'Europe, ce sont aujourd'hui de belles forêts qui ont effectivement transformé le paysage et le régime des eaux. Voici d'ailleurs le texte de la lettre que Giono écrivit au Conservateur des Eaux et Forêts de Digne, Monsieur Valdeyron, en 1957, au sujet de cette nouvelle : Cet homme parlait peu. Après le repas de midi, il recommença à trier sa semence.

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