By Mathias Énard
By Frédéric Beigbeder
"Au fond je suis persuadé que les chefs-d'oeuvres détestent être des chefs-d'oeuvre. » résume Frédéric Beigbeder. Voici une manière de bilan, sans prétention à être exhaustif, de l. a. littérature au 20ème siècle. Pendant l'été 1999, 6 000 lecteurs ont choisi d'établir leur sélection des 50 livres du siècle, à l'aide d'une pré-sélection établie par los angeles FNAC et le magazine Le Monde. Le tout aboutit à cet inventaire commenté, avec los angeles subjectivité qu'on think. Alliance de l. a. démocratie et du choix subjectif, cette liste permet à notre trublion cultivé de « rafraîchir », de rajeunir, de discuter, de plaisanter, les oeuvres en query. De Nadja d'André Breton (n° 50) à L'Etranger d'Albert Camus (n°1 au best 50), en passant par Lolita de Nabokov ou Bonjour tristesse de Françoise Sagan, on lira ici un Panthéon drôlatique et irrespectueux. Le commentateur s'autorise tous les raccourcis, les parallèles avec les mouvements littéraires d'aujourd'hui, mais sans jamais de départir d'un véritable enthousiasme.
By Jean Echenoz
“A parodic mystery glowing with wit” (L’Humanité), Big Blondes probes our common obsession with status as a tv documentary manufacturer attempts to trace down a popular singer who has mysteriously disappeared. A darkly comedic, noir-style travel de strength, it eventually solutions the age-old query: do blondes have extra fun?
“Fluid, by no means forced…like a garment that matches superbly even inside-out” (Elle), Piano brings Dante’s Inferno to modern Paris, following Max Delmarc, a live performance pianist being affected by paralyzing level fright and alchoholism, as he meets his premature demise and descends via purgatory—part luxurious inn, half minimum-security prison—into a latest imaginative and prescient of hell.
Running is “a small ask yourself of writing and humanity” (L’Express)—a portrait of the mythical Czech athlete Emil Zátopek, who turned a countrywide hero, successful 3 gold medals on the 1952 Helsinki Olympics whilst he was once forced to stand the unyielding realities of existence lower than an authoritarian regime.
By Boris Vian
Released in Paris in 1946 as a hardboiled mystery loaded with intercourse and blood, allegedly censored within the US and "translated" into French--I Spit in your Graves used to be either a natural mystification and direct domestic to American literature and flicks. extra deeply, it was once a violent assault on racism by means of a jazz fan who had already befriended many black musicians and used to be to turn into the nearest French pal of Ellington, Davis, and Parker. discover why this younger writer outstripped revenues of Malraux, Camus, Sartre, and de Beauvoir whilst it seemed in France...and maintains to scandalize today.
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The 1st number of essays released in English at the paintings of Maurice Blanchot. one of many significant thinkers of this century, Blanchot--a modern of Bataille and Levinas, whose paintings has inspired Derrida and Foucault, between others--demonstrates the novel philosophical import of literature and has renewed the talk over the ontological and moral questions raised via works of art. Commentators ponder Blanchot from a number of views, together with: Simon Critchley on Blanchot's "Il y a"; Rodolfe Gasche at the "Null house of Literature"; Gillian Rose on demise; a formerly unpublished letter through Blanchot explaining his political place within the Thirties; Jeffrey Mehlman's "Pour Sainte Beuve" and Roger Laporte on Blanchot this day. this can be a the most important choice on a thinker who instructions common, fervent curiosity from scholars of philosophy, literature and French reviews.
By Gustave Flaubert
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Ahead of Sartre, sooner than Beckett, prior to Robbe-Grillet, Maurice Blanchot created the hot novel, the final word post-modern fiction. Written among 1932 and 1940, Blanchot's first novel, the following brilliantly translated by means of Robert Lamberton, comprises all of the striking points of his recognized and complicated invention, the ontological narrative--a story whose topic is the character of being itself. This paradoxical paintings discovers being within the absence of being, secret within the absence of puzzle, either to be looked for limitlessly. As Blanchot launches this boundless seek in his personal masterful means, he transforms the probabilities of the unconventional. First issued in English in 1973 in a constrained version, this re-issue comprises an illuminating essay on translation through Lamberton.
By Jean Genet
Drawing on literary conception and canonical French literature, Reading Unruly examines unruliness as either a classy classification and a method of interpreting conceived as moral reaction. Zahi Zalloua argues that once confronted with an unruly murals, readers confront a moral double bind, hesitating then among the 2 conflicting injunctions of both thematizing (making experience) of the literary paintings, or getting to its aesthetic alterity or unreadability.
Creatively hesitating among incommensurable calls for (to interpret yet to not translate again into wide-spread terms), moral readers are invited to domesticate an appreciation for the unruly, to minimize the need for hermeneutic mastery with out at the same time renouncing that means or the interpretive pastime as such. interpreting French texts from Montaigne’s sixteenth-century Essays to Diderot’s fictional discussion Rameau’s Nephew and Baudelaire’s prose poems The Spleen of Paris, to the newer works of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea, Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Jealousy, and Marguerite Duras’s The Ravishing of Lol Stein, Reading Unruly demonstrates that during such an method of literature and concept, studying itself turns into a hope for extra, a moral and aesthetic wish to lengthen instead of to arrest the act of interpretation.