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Paths To Contemporary French Literature (Volume 1), Vol. 1
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Author : John Taylor
Publisher : Transaction Publishers
ISBN# : 9781412804790
Price:INR 2069
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Book Description

Although the great French novelists of the last two centuries are widely read in America, there is a widespread notion that little of importance has happened in French literature since the heyday of Sartre, Camus, and the nouveau roman. Curious American readers seeking new, up-to-date information and analyses will find in Paths to Contemporary French Literature a stimulating and much-needed guide to the major currents of one of the worlds great literatures. This critical panorama of contemporary French literature introduces English-language readers to over fifty important writers and poets. Emphasizing authors who are admired by their peers (as opposed to those with overnight reputations), John Taylor offers a compelling insiders view.

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In this great introduction to some 50 French writers and poets little known outside of France, Taylor (The Presence of Things Past; The World As It Is), winner of the Three Oaks Prize for Fiction, invites his readers on an interesting journey. They may choose one of six ""pathways,"" all of which lead them to short analytical sketches of these authors lives and their works. (These pathways constitute the six main subdivisions of the book.) If readers choose the pathway of ""Remembering Childhood,"" for example, they will encounter, among others, Helene Cixouss Ore les lettres de mon pere. If, on the other hand, they choose the pathway of ""Love and Loves Language,"" there they will find authors like Jude Stefan (La Crevaison) or Pierre Guyotat (Eden, Eden, Eden). Other pathways include authors adept in ""The Art of Strolling"" or authors who have undergone life-threatening experiences (""After Surviving""). Taylor successfully debunks the widely held belief that there have been no great contemporary authors writing in French in France since the heyday of Sartre and Camus. The book is accompanied by an extensive bibliography and is sure to appeal to all aficionados of contemporary French literature.-Bob Ivey, Univ. of Memphis Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information

Table Of Contents:

From serendipity to metaphysics (Jacques Reda)3The permanent miracle that is the world (Charles-Albert Cingria)17Enigmas of the everyday (Jean Follain)24Intimations of times past (Andre Hardellet)27The pedestrian of Paris (Leon-Paul Fargue)31Men without qualities (Jean de la Ville de Mirmont)33When tenderness is the secret lining of despair (Henri Calet)39The facts of life (Georges L. Godeau)42A new world in every instant (Gil Jouanard)45Holding immense spaces in the palm of his hand (Gerard Mace)50A cafe waiter astray in philosophy (Pierre Autin-Grenier)54From dreams to disillusionment (Jean Reverzy)57A master traveler (Nicolas Bouvier)60Departing for the ""promised life"" (Guy Goffette)62From sense impressions to sensibility (Patrick Drevet)69Balancing the books (Pierre Bergounioux)75Of dignity and destiny (Pierre Michon)82Her fathers letters (Helene Cixous)87The painful sources of ""impersonality"" (Nathalie Sarraute)90From the mazes of fiction to the enigmas of hope (Louis-Rene des Forets)95Love, death, and spirituality (Pierre Jean Jouve)101The ""tender gesture"" (Georges Perros)104Tragic separation, impossible reconciliation (Jean-Philippe Salabreuil)111Fatal desire, inconsolable love (Marguerite Duras)114Love, and loves language, ablaze (Albert Cohen)117Eros against death (Jude Stefan)120Uneasy solitude, redoubtable intimacies (Anne-Marie Garat)129A terrible beauty is born (Pierre Guyotat)132The composition of mourning (Jacques Rouband)140""Disappearing with what endures"" (Claude Esteban)149From darkness to life (Louis Calaferte)152Cavalrymen pitted against tanks (Claude Simon)163A humane analysis of inhumanity (Robert Antelme)173Manual for a sad life (Georges Perec)175A lifetime of questioning (Edmond Jabes)182Lives shattered into puzzle pieces (Patrick Modiano)185An impossible survival (Sarah Kofman)
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