About Seraillon

Seraillon grew out of many years of keeping an informal log of personal notes on fiction I have read. As a literary amateur, not an academic, I felt reluctant to turn a private endeavor into a public one, but a few friends suggested that I start sharing responses to my reading. Around the same time, I discovered Transylvanian writer Miklós Bánffy’s “Transylvania trilogy,” and, while there have been many other works about which I could scarcely contain my enthusiasm, this one tipped the scales. Thus seraillon was born.

The blog has no particular literary focus, aside from an inclination towards Italian literature in recent years; I write about what I read.

If you see fit, please leave a comment in response to a post or contact me via email: seraillon [at] gmail [.] com. 

Several readers have inquired about the meaning of seraillon. Technically spelled with an added accent - Séraillon - it is the name of a tiny agglomeration of buildings located at the confluence of two small rivers in the rugged Ardèche region of south-central France. You can see it in this photograph taken by D. S. Abbott.:

I once passed here what I can only characterize as a perfect day. The name seraillon has become, for me, less indicative of the particular place than evocative of a rare moment and synonymous with the pleasures it afforded. chose it for the blog title on impulse

Scott W.
San Francisco, California