Small Lives (Vies minuscules), Pierre Michon’s first novel, won the Prix France Culture. Michon explains that he wrote it "to save my own skin. I felt in my body that my life was turning around. This book born in an aura of inexpressible joy and catharsis rescued me more effectively than my aborted analysis." Le Monde calls it "his chef d’oeuvre. A bolt of lightening." In Small Lives, Michon paints portraits of eight individuals, whose stories span two centuries in his native region of La Creuse. In the process of exploring their lives, he explores the act of writing and his emotional connection to both. The quest to trace and recall these interconnected lives seared into his memory ultimately becomes a quest to grasp his own humanity and discover his own voice.

Author Pierre Michon
Isbn 1935744704
Genre Fiction
Year 2012-03-24
Pages 215
Language English
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In The Eleven, Michon lets us into the world of Corentin, a painter shaped by—and who eventually shapes—history. Brought up among provincial aristocracy to become a favorite of Parisian society—his paintings are commissioned by Louis XV’s mistress—Corentin’s career rides the Tides of the French Revolution. His masterpiece, "The Eleven," is an enigmatic Last Supper, representing the eleven members of the Committee of Public Safety (including Robespierre and Saint Just) during the Reign of Terror. Corentin and company, his work of art, and the historical tableau of the French Revolution come to life in dazzling, even painterly, detail. A potent blend of fact and fiction, The Eleven is a beautifully written, astute meditation on the nature of history itself and the artist’s role in it. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Author Pierre Michon
Isbn 1935744631
Genre Fiction
Year 2012-12-21
Pages 240
Language English
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Une chronologie de l’histoire de la littérature française signée Bescherelle. Un ouvrage complet, fiable et attractif qui s’adresse à tous les curieux de littérature. Un panorama vivant de l’histoire de la littérature française • Le récit débute en 881-882 avec la Séquence de Sainte Eulalie, premier texte transposé du latin dans ce qui deviendra le français moderne, et s’achève en 2013 avec La Disparition de Jim Sullivan de Tanguy Viel. • L’histoire de la littérature française est ainsi déroulée, sous une forme documentée et vivante, à travers plus de 150 dates clés permettant d’évoquer ses auteurs majeurs et ses œuvres fondatrices. Une organisation claire, une mise en page rythmée • Au début de chaque période, une grande frise chronologique. • Puis, au fil des doubles pages, la présentation en texte et en images de chaque œuvre, avec des encadrés pour mettre en lumière le contexte culturel. • À intervalles réguliers, des dossiers sur les principaux mouvements littéraires.

Author Laurence Rauline,Nancy Oddo,Johan Faerber,Alain Couprie
Isbn 2401060537
Genre Study Aids
Year 2019-10-02
Pages 384
Language English
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A sparkling, inventive debut novel inspired by Sir John Franklin's grand — but ultimately failed — quest to discover the Northwest Passage and by his extraordinary wife, Lady Jane. Originally published in Quebec as Du bon usage des etoiles, Dominique Fortier's debut On the Proper Use of Stars is as fresh and imaginative as anything published in recent years. It weaves together the voices of Francis Crozier, Sir John Franklin's second in command, who turns a sceptical eye on the grandiose ambitions and hubris of his leader, and of Lady Jane Franklin and her niece Sophia, both driven to uncommon actions by love and by frustration as months then years pass with no word from the expedition. Fortier skilfully accents the main narratives with overheard conversations and snippets from letters and documents that bring two entirely different worlds — the frozen Arctic and busy Victorian London — alive.

Author Dominique Fortier
Isbn 0771047681
Genre Fiction
Year 2010-09-07
Pages 280
Language English
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Rudolf II, king of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, is paranoid, spendthrift, and wayward. In sixteenth-century Prague, seat of Christendom, he rules over an empty treasury and a court of parasites and schemers. Meanwhile in the ghetto, the Great Rabbi, mystic and seer, guides his people in the uneasy cohabitation of Jew and Christian, while the fabulously wealthy financier Mordechai Meisl has a hand in transactions across Europe and is reputed to be sustaining the treasury. His beautiful wife, Esther, forms a link of a different sort between the castle and the ghetto: by night under the stone bridge, she and the emperor entwine in their dreams under the guise of a white rosemary bush and a red rose. Only by severing the two plants can the Great Rabbi break the spell of forbidden love and deliver the city from the wrath of God. Perutz brings Old Prague to life with a cast of characters ranging from alchemists to the angel Asael, and including the likes of Johannes Kepler and the outlaw prince Wallenstein.

Author Leo Perutz
Isbn 1611459362
Genre Fiction
Year 2013-06-01
Pages 208
Language English
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L'œuvre d'Olivier Rolin n'a pas encore eu droit à l'attention critique qu'elle mérite, sans doute parce qu'elle occupe une place à part dans le paysage littéraire contemporain. Né en 1947, ancien maoïste, ancien journaliste, auteur depuis 1983 d'une œuvre exigeante composée de romans et de récits de voyage, Olivier Rolin a obtenu en 1994 le prix Fémina pourPort-Soudan, roman qui lui a valu la reconnaissance du grand public. Le succès récent deTigre en papier (2002, prix France Culture) n'a fait que confirmer le talent du romancier.Au sein d'une production romanesque marquée par le minimalisme et par l'écriture post-naturaliste, les textes de Rolin frappent par leur écriture riche, foisonnante, baroque, à la syntaxe tourmentée. Ces romans renâclent, en plus, à prendre acte d'un monde aseptisé, purgé de tout sens tragique, refoulant le rapport à l'Histoire : les textes roliniens sont un exercice d'anamnèse. C'est dans cette mesure-là qu'ils se proposent comme une réflexion sur l'Histoire et qu'ils exercent une fonction critique, car le présent y est toujours perçu de façon mélancolique comme le très pâle reflet d'un passé prestigieux.Ce recueil réunit les contributions de quelques lecteurs qui partagent un même intérêt pour cette œuvre singulière dont ils essaient de cerner la spécificité. Dans un entretien inédit, Olivier Rolin retrace lui-même son parcours qui peut se lire comme un acte de foi dans le pouvoir de l'écrivain à retenir quelque chose du temps qui passe.

Author Luc Rasson,Bruno Tritsmans
Isbn 9042023643
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2008-01
Pages 163
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Magnus is a deeply moving and enigmatic novel about the Holocaust. It has been Sylvie Germain's most commercially successful novel in France. Magnus is a man searching for his own identity, who pieces together the complex puzzle of his life, which turns out to be closer to a painting by Edward Munch than the romantic tale of family heroism and self-sacrifice on which he was nurtured by the woman he believed was his mother. In Magnus, Sylvie Germain uses imagination and intuition to unlock the enigma of human life and confer on history the power of myth and fable. Magnus won the Goncourt Lyceen Prize, selected by French High School Students as the best novel of the year from the main Goncourt Prize Shortlist. It is a short and profound novel suitable for 16-year-olds upwards and is a good starting point for exploration of the Holocaust.

Author Sylvie Germain
Isbn 1910213268
Genre Fiction
Year 2020-04-30
Pages 190
Language English
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Oui ou non, le roman a-t-il encore quelque chose dans le ventre ? Une nouvelle querelle des anciens et des modernes a-t-elle lieu ? Au fait, qu'est ce qu'un scandale littéraire ? Que veut notre époque : faire de la sociologie avec du roman ou le contraire ? La génération a-t-elle un sens en littérature ? Qu'est-ce donc qu'une tendance ? Qui a gagné ? Maurois ? Joyce ? Union sacrée pour Houellebecq ? Quels sont les enjeux ? Le jansénisme est-il la maladie infantile de la littérature française ? L'anti-libéralisme une esthétique ? Erudit et polémique, aigu et drôle, Michel Crépu dessine une nouvelle figure de la littérature en cette fin de siècle. Critique littéraire à L'express Michel Crépu est notamment l'auteur du Tombeau de Bossuet (prix Femina de l'essai 1998, prix de la critique de l'Académie française).

Author Michel Crépu
Isbn 2246587395
Genre Literary Collections
Year 2014-04-01
Pages 245
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The Serpent of Stars (Le serpent d¢étoiles, 1993; reprinted 1999 Grasset) takes place in rural southern France in the early part of the century. The novel’s elusive narrative thread ties landscape to character to an expanse just beyond our grasp. The narrator encounters a shepherding family and glimpse by glimpse, each family member and the shepherding way of life is revealed to us. The novel culminates in a large shepherds’ gathering where a traditional Shepherd’s Play—a kind of creation myth that includes in its cast The River, The Sea, The Man, and The Mountain—is enacted. The work’s proto-environmental world view as well as its hybrid form—part play, part novel—makes The Serpent of Stars astonishingly contemporary. W.S. Merwin’s "Green Fields" begins, "By this part of the century few are left who believe/in the animals for they are not there in the carved parts/of them served on plates and the pleas from slatted trucks..." This novel leaves the reader believing not only in the animals, but the terrain they are part of, the people who tend them, and the life all these elements together compose.

Author Jean Giono
Isbn 1935744453
Genre Fiction
Year 2004-04-23
Pages 117
Language English
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Les relations familiales constituent un thème récurrent de la littérature. Ce recueil en deux volumes propose une approche multidisciplinaire (sociologique, culturelle, historique, poétique et rhétorique, psychanalytique) des liens familiaux représentés en littérature. Ce second volume étudie la figure de la mère.

Author Sabine Van Wesemael, Murielle Lucie Clément
Isbn 2296200389
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2008-07-01
Pages 396
Language English
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NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICE Inaugural winner of the Grand Prix de la Littérature Américaine She calls herself Ash, but that's not her real name. She is a farmer's faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. NEVERHOME tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause. Laird Hunt's dazzling new novel throws a light on the adventurous women who chose to fight instead of stay behind. It is also a mystery story: why did Ash leave and her husband stay? Why can she not return? What will she have to go through to make it back home? In gorgeous prose, Hunt's rebellious young heroine fights her way through history, and back home to her husband, and finally into our hearts.

Author Laird Hunt
Isbn 0316370126
Genre Fiction
Year 2014-09-09
Pages 256
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This book is about literary representations of the both left- and right-wing Italian terrorism of the 1970s by contemporary Italian authors. In offering detailed analyses of the many contemporary novels that have terrorism in either their foreground or background, it offers a “take” on postmodern narrative practices that is alternative to and more positive than the highly critical assessment of Italian postmodernism that has characterized some sectors of current Italian literary criticism. It explores how contemporary Italian writers have developed narrative strategies that enable them to represent the fraught experience of Italian terrorism in the 1970s. In its conclusions, the book suggests that to meet the challenge of representation posed by terrorism fiction rather than fact is the writer’s best friend and most effective tool.

Author David Ward
Isbn 3319466488
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2017-02-13
Pages 241
Language English
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From the winner of the New Academy Prize in Literature (the alternative to the Nobel Prize) and critically acclaimed author of the classic historical novel Segu, Maryse Condé has pieced together the life of her maternal grandmother to create a moving and profound novel. Maryse Condé’s personal journey of discovery and revelation becomes ours as we learn of Victoire, her white-skinned mestiza grandmother who worked as a cook for the Walbergs, a family of white Creoles, in the French Antilles. Using her formidable skills as a storyteller, Condé describes her grandmother as having “Australian whiteness for the color of her skin...She jarred with my world of women in Italian straw bonnets and men necktied in three-piece linen suits, all of them a very black shade of black. She appeared to me doubly strange.” Victoire was spurred by Condé’s desire to learn of her family history, resolving to begin her quest by researching the life of her grandmother. While uncovering the circumstances of Victoire’s unique life story, Condé also comes to grips with a haunting question: How could her own mother, a black militant, have been raised in the Walberg’s home, a household of whites? Creating a work that takes you into a time and place populated with unforgettable characters that inspire and amaze, Condé’s blending of memoir and imagination, detective work and storytelling artistry, is a literary gem that you won’t soon forget.

Author Maryse Condé
Isbn 9781439100585
Genre Fiction
Year 2010-01-19
Pages 208
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L’oeuvre de Pierre Michon, contemporain majuscule, rencontre un public toujours grandissant. Mais alors que l’importance du sacré y est manifeste, elle n’avait encore jamais été étudiée pour elle-même. C’est à quoi s’attache cet ouvrage, parcourant les différents textes de Pierre Michon pour y mettre en évidence la nature et la fonction du sacré. Sacré chrétien et sacré archaïque s’y rencontrent, s’y affrontent, dans un tressage de références qui irrigue la prose de Michon et participe à son identité même. Essentiel à l’élaboration d’une écriture qui voit en Dieu le dédicataire de l’art, le sacré ne saurait pourtant se réduire à la littérature : le traitement que lui réserve Michon le fait apparaître comme l’un des centres de gravité de sa vision du monde.

Author Marie-Ève Benoteau-Alexandre
Isbn 2304047858
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2019-12-05T00:00:00+01:00
Pages 396
Language English
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Cet ouvrage est issu du colloque de Cerisy qui s’est déroulé autour d’Annie Ernaux en 2012 et a rassemblé des chercheurs internationaux issus de divers champs disciplinaires. Chaque article est suivi d’un texte de l’auteure et d’une discussion critique, ce qui donne à l’ensemble l’allure d’une libre conversation. Le temps et la mémoire constituent les deux fils conducteurs de l’ouvrage. Ils sont abordés selon plusieurs problématiques : les évolutions des groupes sociaux, la question de l’humiliation et les problèmes de hiérarchies culturelles, ou encore la constitution d’une mémoire des femmes. Écrire, pour Annie Ernaux, c’est tenter de saisir les multiples dimensions du réel en conjuguant la pression de l’Histoire et la puissance de la mémoire dans la restitution de la vie collective, comme dans celle de la vie intime. Renouvelant l’approche de l’oeuvre par une attention apportée au travail de l’écriture, parfois occulté au profit de la seule dimension sociologique, ce livre permet d’en mesurer toute la richesse et la puissance.

Author Bruno Blanckeman,Francine Dugast-Portes,Francine Best
Isbn 2234078679
Genre Social Science
Year 2014-09-24
Pages 488
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This collection of essays offers a comparative perspective on different forms of representation of social hybridity in contemporary novels through various cultural and linguistic lenses. It explores the various subcategories of their interdependent relationships, including power and domination between hegemony and marginality. The book revolves around five axes: namely, writing strategies and reterritorialization; marginality and intermediary spaces; revisited urban spaces; when periphery becomes center; and the modality of confrontation and construction of identity. It focuses on the identification and classification of spaces in order to understand their function in relation to the thematic strategy of the novel. Its main objective is identifying the textual representation of the challenge of center and periphery, as well as these concepts’ role and significance in diegesis. Thus, new light is shed on the subject and on the contemporary novel as a whole.

Author Ruth Amar,Françoise Saquer-Sabin
Isbn 1527519457
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2018-10-15
Pages 294
Language English
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La littérature contemporaine a conquis sa place dans la recherche universitaire. Mais s’intéresser au présent de la littérature ne décide pas de ce que la littérature dit au sujet du présent, ni comment elle traite de l’époque actuelle. De quelle manière les écrivains mettent-ils en forme esthétique un temps naturellement fugace ? Comment affrontent-ils les injonctions de l’actualité et la concurrence de media plus réactifs ? Cet ouvrage entreprend de réfléchir aux genres littéraires du présent : il étudie leurs modes d’intellection de l’immédiat, le traitement narratif du quotidien, interroge la réception littéraire de l’événement, les récits et réflexions que les écrivains élaborent autour d’un présent social en constante mutation. Baudelaire identifiait la modernité à son goût pour « le transitoire, le fugitif, le contingent ». Si le régime d’historicité contemporain est plus « présentiste » que moderne, qu’en est-il de ce présent, visiblement plus hanté par sa mémoire que projeté dans l’avenir ? Et comment la littérature, intempestive par excellence et qui suppose le temps long de l’écriture, peut-elle écrire le présent ?

Author Dominique Viart,Gianfranco Rubino
Isbn 2200286864
Genre Social Science
Year 2013-03-20
Pages 256
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This series of bibliographical references is one of the most important tools for research in modern and contemporary French literature. No other bibliography represents the scholarly activities and publications of these fields as completely.

Author Peter C. Hoy
Isbn 9780945636557
Genre
Year 1993-08
Pages 696
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Auteur français de romans noirs, de nouvelles et d’essais, Didier Daeninckx construit une critique sociale et politique en prise avec l’actualité (révisionnisme) et les événements marquants et parfois oubliés du siècle passé (massacre des Algériens du 17 octobre 1961). Il a ainsi publié Meurtres pour mémoire, Le Géant inachevé et Le Der des der. Ce livre présente la vie et l’environnement de Didier Daeninckx. Les thèmes et les structures de ses textes sont analysés.

Author Gianfranco Rubino
Isbn 2200245092
Genre Social Science
Year 2009-04-22
Pages 192
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The first volume of Paths to Contemporary French Literature offered a critical panorama of over fifty French writers and poets. With this second volume, John Taylor—an American writer and critic who has lived in France for the past thirty years—continues this ambitious and critically acclaimed project. Praised for his independence, curiosity, intimate knowledge of European literature, and his sharp reader’s eye, John Taylor is a writer-critic who is naturally skeptical of literary fashions, overnight reputations, and readymade academic categories. Charting the paths that have lead to the most serious and stimulating contemporary French writing, he casts light on several neglected postwar French authors, all the while highlighting genuine mentors and invigorating newcomers. Some names (Patrick Chamoiseau, Pascal Quignard, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Jean Rouaud, Francis Ponge, Aimé Césaire, Marguerite Yourcenar, J. M. G. Le Clézio) may be familiar to the discriminating and inquisitive American reader, but their work is incisively re-evaluated here. The book also includes a moving remembrance of Nathalie Sarraute, and an evocation of the author’s meetings with Julien Gracq Other writers in this second volume are equally deserving authors whose work is highly respected by their peers in France yet little known in English-speaking countries. Taylor’s pioneering elucidations in this respect are particularly valuable. This second volume also examines a number of non-French, originally non-French-speaking writers (such as Ghérasim Luca, Petr Král, Armen Lubin, Vénus Ghoura-Khata, Piotr Rawicz, as well as Samuel Beckett) who chose French as their literary idiom. Taylor is in a perfect position to understand their motivations, struggles, and goals. In a day and age when so little is known in English-speaking countries about foreign literature, and when so little is translated, the two volumes of Paths to Contemporary French Literature are absorbing guides for literary scholars, writers, poets, students of French culture, and readers of contemporary fiction and poetry.

Author John Taylor
Isbn 9781412809511
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2011-12-31
Pages 381
Language English
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