Novel Des orties et des hommes (2019)
Cellefrouin is the small village where the novelist Paola Pigani was born. She recounts her past in Des orties et des hommes in the heart of this rural Charente commune.
Cellefrouin (CC BY-SA 3.0 / Jack ma)
Cellefrouin (CC BY-SA 3.0 / Jack ma)

“For the sale of milk, we prefer to go together to count the change. The grannies of Cellefrouin are nice even with their prickly kisses. Tonight, it’s the guy we don’t like, the one who goes every Sunday on his moped to see his dirty movie in Chasseneuil, the city of stores.”

Excerpt from the novel Des orties et des hommes

After N’entre pas dans mon âme avec tes chaussures, Paola Pigani continues to explore the Charente. The writer decides to tell the story of her childhood in the small village of Cellefrouin.

She dramatizes her past as a little girl in a family of Italian immigrants. Of this language, she only knows the few words stolen here and there from her parents. Her native language is French. She depicts this village, the work in the fields, the care of the cows and the daily life in the 1970s in the countryside.

With its 500 inhabitants, the commune of Cellefrouin is a pleasant place. It is home to the church of Saint-Nicolas, the oldest in the Angoumois region, and a twelve-meter high lantern for the dead, classified as a historical monument since 1886.


More than 50 hamlets are scattered over the whole surface of Cellefrouin.


Cellefrouin is a small rural commune in the Charente region of France.

In the north-east of the department, Cellefrouin has 500 inhabitants. More than 50 hamlets are scattered over its surface.

It was crossed by the old Roman road between Angoulême and Argenton.

Cellefrouin is home to two exceptional monuments: the church o... Learn more about Cellefrouin

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