By Pierre Lemaitre
2013 Prix Goncourt winner from an writer who often writes thrillers. This novel is set French males coming back from scuffling with in global warfare I, who locate that they're now not sought after in post-War France. They choose to cope with it. no longer but translated into English.
Sur les ruines du plus grand carnage du XXe siècle, deux rescapés des tranchées, passablement abîmés, prennent leur revanche en réalisant une escroquerie aussi spectaculaire qu'amorale. Des sentiers de los angeles gloire à los angeles subversion de los angeles patrie victorieuse, ils vont découvrir que l. a. France ne plaisante pas avec ses morts...
Fresque d'une infrequent cruauté, remarquable par son structure et sa puissance d'évocation, Au revoir là-haut est le grand roman de l'après-guerre de 14, de l'illusion de l'armistice, de l'État qui glorifie ses disparus et se débarrasse de vivants trop encombrants, de l'abomination érigée en vertu.
Dans l'atmosphère crépusculaire des lendemains qui déchantent, peuplée de misérables pantins et de lâches reçus en héros, Pierre Lemaitre compose los angeles grande tragédie de cette génération perdue avec un expertise et une maîtrise impressionnants.
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49-56, 51. 2 For a challenging discussion of this issue, see the item by J. Culler listed in the Suggestions for further reading. 3 Reprinted in Le Bruissement de la langue, pp. 37-47. 4 See F. Engels and K. Marx, On Literature (Moscow: Progress Publications, 1976). 5 In Expression and Meaning. See especially chapter 3, The Logical Status of Fictional Discourse', pp. 58-75. 6 Aristotle, Poetics, in T. S. ), Classical Literary Criticism (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1965), p. 43. 7 Plato, 'The Apology', in The Last Days of Socrates, ed.
Like Rene's sister Amelie, she gets an opportunity to speak through a letter transcribed by the protagonist, but that letter does not reveal whether she shared Gustave's ill-fated love. Senancour's elision of the female character goes even further: Obermann's beloved may well be a woman with a secret, but we have little clue what it is, and can only barely piece together an outline of the couple's troubles through Obermann's letters to his male friend. Like Obermann, Valerie has frequently been read for its autobiographical elements.
Both passions are depicted by the tellers as impossible: Chactas's wife has vowed to her mother to remain a virgin; Rene's beloved is his own sister. Both women take themselves away: Atala through suicide, Amelie through refuge and eventually death in a convent. Both men trace their current circumstances to this troubled past event, and both remain racked by the weight of these secrets. Everyone involved - Chactas, Rene and the priest is represented as perishing in the historical massacre of 1725, leaving only stories passed down to a narrator.