Napoleon's Last Night

Napoleon's Last Night

by Sally Squires


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Finalist in the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition
By 1821 Napoleon was alone and ailing on his reduced empire of St Helena. Nicholas Girod, mayor of New Orleans had never met the Emperor but he, like many others, had strong feelings for Napoleon and his plight. Together with the pirate Jean Lafitte he formed a plot to rescue Napoleon and install him in an apartment above his own house in New Orleans. He was truly committed to the rescue of Napoleon as he had two ships fitted out and had his house enlarged to provide an apartment fit for an Emperor. The plot failed. Not for any lack on the part of the would-be rescuers but because of Napoleon's untimely death on May 5, 1821. Today there are many reminders of Napoleon in New Orleans including the house which bears his name, a hotel dedicated to his memory, Napoleon Avenue in the beautiful Garden District and the presence of Napoleon's death mask in the New Orleans Museum. Seated in the cool, dark interior of the Napoleon House one hot and steamy day in late September 1993 I began to imagine what would have happened if Napoleon hadn't died and if the mayor had been successful in rescuing Napoleon and bringing him to live out his last days in New Orleans. The story plays out an imaginary scenario of Napoleon's arrival at the Napoleon House, his interaction with two imaginary historical characters - Fidel Castro (the ghost of the future), Genghis Khan (the ghost of the past) - and a waitress called Josephine who is the grand-daughter of the infamous voodoo queen Marie Laveau.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781456344702
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/16/2011
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.17(d)

About the Author

Sally Squires is an Australian writer/director and producer, who moved to New York in 1997. She won an award for writing a documentary in Singapore and has written many children's stories including The Mouse Who Danced at Covent Garden, which was made into a TV show and a radio serial. That story is the first chapter of her children's book "Micetralia".
Sally makes short films, documentaries and features and has a weekly TV show,
Metro Elvis, which is broadcast in New York and Honolulu. Sally also writes feature film scripts, plays, comedy, novels, poetry, short stories and song lyrics. Her poems have been published in American Poetry Anthologies.
She has produced several short films, a half hour children's TV show called "Wizzo Bizzo Gizzmos" and several half hour TV specials.
One of her feature film scripts set in New York, "Declaration of Peace", was chosen for a directed screenplay reading and she has written several other feature film scripts. Sally directed and produced two feature length documentaries: "The Day The Sky Fell" on the World Trade Center events and "Did You Ever Have a Dream" about P-Funk - a brilliant disabled musician who lives in Harlem.
She was also assistant director and associate producer on the feature film "The Situation" which won best feature film at Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival in 2006 and which has been showcased at film festivals across the country.
This novella "Napoleon's Last Night" was chosen as a finalist in the William Wisdom-William Faulkner awards in 2010.
After spending 12 years in New York and a year in Vietnam in 2009/2010, she has now relocated to Honolulu. She can be contacted at:

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