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Re-reading Albert Camus’s ‘The Plague’

Posted by on Mar 26, 2020 in French Literature, French Writers | 1 comment

 “Everyone knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world,” writes Albert Camus in his novel The Plague (La Peste). “Yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet plagues and wars always take people by surprise.” Albert Camus never made the...

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An Illustrator and a Writer

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in French Literature | 0 comments

Rarely would you find the union of an author and an illustrator so steadfast, so artistically productive as that of Patrick Modiano, the Nobel laureate in literature and Pierre Le-Tan who passed away on 17 September. Le-Tan’s cover drawings have so informed the pocket editions of Patrick Modiano’s novels that for many readers even the themes of Modiano’s...

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Françoise Mallet-Joris: a long literary career

Françoise Mallet-Joris: a long literary career

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in French Feminist Writers, French Literature, French Writers | 0 comments

The author of L’Empire Céleste and a member of l’Académie Goncourt, Françoise Mallet-Joris died on Saturday, August 13 2016.  The sad news of her death was announced by Pierre Assouline, writer and journalist, who succeeded Françoise Mallet-Joris on the Goncourt jury after her resignation in 2011 for health reasons. What Pierre Assouline said about...

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Paul Valéry’s Mauvaises Pensées

Paul Valéry’s Mauvaises Pensées

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Books, French Literature, French Poets | 0 comments

Towards the end of his life, as his muse, Jeanne Loviton, is about to leave him, the French poet Paul Valéry collected in the many pages of his Cahiers some aphorisms, maxims, speculations and questions under the title Mauvaises pensées (Evil Thoughts). The man who enjoyed the status of the official poet has already been a victim of his outdated and faded...

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Benoîte Groult – Portrait of a Rebel

Benoîte Groult – Portrait of a Rebel

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in French Feminist Writers, French Literature, French Writers | 0 comments

The French feminist, novelist and author Benoîte Groult died on Monday 20 June 2016 in Hyères, southeastern France where she lived. The author’s daughter Blandine Caunes said, “She died in her sleep as she wanted, without suffering”, The author of Ainsi soit-elle was 96. The figure of Moïra, which was dear to Benoîte Groult, embodies...

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