Paths to Contemporary French Literature: Volume 2 by John Taylor

By John Taylor

the 1st quantity of Paths to modern French Literature provided a severe landscape of over fifty French writers and poets. With this moment quantity, John Taylor?an American author and critic who has lived in France for the previous thirty years?continues this formidable and severely acclaimed project.Praised for his independence, interest, intimate wisdom of eu literature, and his sharp reader's eye, John Taylor is a writer-critic who's certainly skeptical of literary models, in a single day reputations, and readymade educational different types. Charting the trails that experience bring about the main critical and stimulating modern French writing, he casts gentle on a number of overlooked postwar French authors, the entire whereas highlighting actual mentors and invigorating newbies. a few names (Patrick Chamoiseau, Pascal Quignard, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Jean Rouaud, Francis Ponge, Aime Cesaire, Marguerite Yourcenar, J. M. G. Le Clezio) might be favourite to the discriminating and inquisitive American reader, yet their paintings is incisively re-evaluated right here. The publication additionally contains a relocating remembrance of Nathalie Sarraute, and an evocation of the author's conferences with Julien Gracq different writers during this moment quantity are both deserving authors whose paintings is extremely revered by means of their friends in France but little identified in English-speaking nations. Taylor's pioneering elucidations during this appreciate are rather valuable.This moment quantity additionally examines a few non-French, initially non-French-speaking writers (such as Gherasim Luca, Petr Kral, Armen Lubin, Venus Ghoura-Khata, Piotr Rawicz, in addition to Samuel Beckett) who selected French as their literary idiom. Taylor is in an ideal place to appreciate their motivations, struggles, and pursuits. In an afternoon and age whilst so little is understood in English-speaking international locations approximately international literature, and while so little is translated, the 2 volumes of Paths to modern French Literature are absorb

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