Abysses (The French List) by Pascal Quignard,Chris Turner

By Pascal Quignard,Chris Turner

Prolific essayist, translator, and critic Pascal Quignard has defined his final country sequence as anything detailed. It is composed, he says, “neither of philosophical argumentation, nor brief realized essays, nor novelistic narration,” yet comes, fairly, from a section of his paintings during which the very thought of style has been allowed to fall away, leaving a wholly smooth, secular, and irregular imaginative and prescient of the world.

In Abysses, the latest addition to the sequence, Quignard brings us but extra of his troubling, questing characters—souls who're desirous about what preceded and conceived them. He writes with a wealthy mixture of anecdote and mirrored image, aphorism and citation, providing enigmatic glimpses of the current, and assured, pointed borrowings from the prior. but if he raids the murkier corners of the human checklist, he does so no longer as a historian yet as an antiquarian. Quignard is such a lot drawn to pursuit of these tales that repeat and echo around the seasons of their timelessness.

 

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Quignard is surely the main iconoclastic of up to date French authors.”—Catherine Argand, Lire

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