La Bouilladisse is an administrative district, or commune, of 6000 people in the Bouches-du-Rhône region of France. “There are more than 36,000 communes in France and each of them can be considered a world in itself. It is not its own separate world, but a possibility, an achievement. Each one is singular, a certain shape, a certain aggregation of qualities— local and national, secret and public—that weave together to form a complex and ever-changing ball of yarn... Fate leads you to one of these communes... At first you’re disoriented, then you slowly get your bearings as you recognize familiar things.
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