The house of Jouhandeau

Marcel Jouhandeau was a writer from Guéret at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th. For a long time he was overlooked in the region but now he is receiving his rightful honour notably through the Chaminadour literary festival.

Marcel Jouhandeau was born in Guéret above his father's butcher's shop in the family flat on the street that he would later call in his novels Chaminadour, la rue des Pommes. 

Marcel Jouhandeau was born in Guéret above his father's butcher's shop in the family flat on the street that he would later call in his novels Chaminadour, la rue des Pommes. After a childhood spent in the streets of Guéret, brought up by his aunt and grandmother and in catholic schools, he wanted to enter into orders himself.

Then upon reading a certain book he understood that he was homosexual. The incompatibility between his faith and his sexuality would push him towards attempted suicide. After this anxiety had receded and upon the advice of a friend he started to write stories based on his home town which he now named Chaminadour.

His writing unleashed a fierce reaction from the people of Guéret who found themselves, despite name changes, in these satirical novels that give a caustic portrayal of the live of the inhabitants of Guéret. Jouhandeau's opus doesn't limit itself to Chaminadour, his writing is prolific and contains such diverse books as "La jeunesse de Théophile" ("The Childhood of Théophile"), "Les Pincengrain" , "De l'abjection" ("From the depths") …

Unfortunately the house where he was born cannot be visited. However, it is possible to visit the house, which he bought with his wife, at 10 rue Joseph Ducouret during the Chaminadour festival or on one of the regular organised visits.