Optimal Adaptation in Fred Vargas's and Régis Wargnier's Pars Vite et Reviens Tard

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Knowledge of both Fred Vargas's Pars vite et reviens tard and Régis Wargnier's adaptation not only adds to our appreciation of novel and film but also enriches our understanding of the process of adaptation itself in somewhat curious and unexpected ways. The success of Pars vite et reviens tard depends on the representation of place, both generally and specifically. Although the character of Chief Inspector Adamsberg, the hero of the two works, is often cited as the primary obstacle to adaptation, Wargnier turns Vargas's introspective hero into an exemplary Parisian flâneur and Paris into the star of the film.

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