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No one reads Marcel Aymé, who Simenon called “the greatest French writer of the day.” Image by Bohumil Stepan for a Czech edition of The Green Mare.
Amazon links to books in English, though only one in print at the moment:
- Beautiful Image (in print)
- The Green Mare
- The Man Who Walked through Walls (forthcoming Feb. 2012)
- Walker-through-Walls (presumably an older trans. of the above)
- The Barkeep of Blemont
- The Secret Stream
- The Proverb & Other Stories
- Grand Seduction
- The Miraculous Barber
- The Hollow Field
- The Transient Hour
- The Second Face
- The Fable and the Flesh
- Fanfare in Blemont
- Across Paris & Other Stories
- The Conscience of Love
- The Proverb and Other Stories
- The House of Men
- Five Short Stories
- The Wonderful Farm (for kids, illus. by Sendak)
- The Magic Pictures: More About the Wonderful Farm (illus. by Sendak)
"His thoughts were hemmed in. One can only draw curved lines on the terrestrial sphere which, as they extend, forever meet with themselves. At such intersections we always encounter what we have already seen." - Queneau (via Frenchtwist)
I discovered Edmond Jabès’ The Book of Questions serendipitously. The son of wealthy Egyptian Jews, Jabès’ earliest literary friendships were with Max Jacob, Paul Eluard, and Rene Char.
The Book of Questions is the story of two young lovers during the Nazi deportations; not using any traditional narrative, it speaks of Jewishness, silence, dispossession, and writing.
“There seems nothing strange about the fact that ancient rabbis can converse with a contemporary writer, that images of stunning beauty can stand beside descriptions of the greatest devastation, or that the visionary and the commonplace can co-exist on the same page. From the very beginning, when the reader encounters the writer at the threshold of the book, we know that we are entering a space unlike any other.” - Paul Auster
“In the last ten years nothing of interest has been written in France that does not have its precedent somewhere in the texts of Jabès.” - Jacques Derrida, 1972
Few read him, more should.
Submitted by aperfectcommotion.
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I came across Violette Leduc's Mad in Pursuit in a used bookshop, and bought it due to the mention of Simone de Beauvoir on the back jacket. I then found La Bâtarde at my university’s bookstore. Maybe she’s taught in a French Authors in Translation there; I didn’t investigate. I was just happy to find the book. But I’ve never seen her mentioned anywhere, and I’ve never heard anyone else reference her.
No one reads Pierre Mabille.
Mabille, Pierre (1904-52), was veritable polymath: surgeon, sociologist, active Surrealist from 1934; French cultural attaché in Haiti and first director of the French Institute there (1945); art critic, student of alchemy, astrology, and voodoo. He taught at the École d’Anthropologie and the Faculty of Medicine in Paris (1949-51). As a Surrealist, his most important book is Le Miroir du merveilleux (1940), a wide-ranging and critical anthology. As a thinker, his profession of faith is found in La Construction de l’homme (1936). His desire for a synthesis of different branches of knowledge is revealed in Égrégores ou la Vie des civilisations and La Conscience lumineuse (1938). He also published a psychoanalytical-cum-sociological study, Thérèse de Lisieux (1937).via
In English and highly recommended: The Mirror of the Marvelous
No one reads Cioran.
In English (these books go in and out of print):
- The Collected Poetry
- Solar Throat Slashed
- Discourse on Colonialism
- Notebook of a Return to the Native Land
- A Season in the Congo (play)
- A Tempest (play)
- Return to My Native Land
- Lost Body
- Non-Vicious Circle
Also see the anthology, The Negritude Poets