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FRANCE, ANATOLE : Le Puits de sainte Claire ( Nouvelles - Contes) || Ebooks libres et gratuits
Les nouvelles qui composent ce recueil, se déroulent en Italie, une Italie rêvée par l'auteur, entre Moyen-Âge et Renaissance, inspirée par les contes de Boccace, les Vies de Vasari et surtout les Fioretti qui racontent la vie de saint François d'Assise. Il s'agit, pour la plupart, d'anecdotes écrites dans une langue raffinée et parfois archaïque, qui évoqueront des images de tombeaux antiques et de fresques florentines. Certains voudront, derrière la beauté de l'écriture, tirer une signification de ces récits divers, marqués par la place tenue par les questions religieuses et la dialectique éternelle de la vie et de la mort. La leçon à retenir, peut-être, est celle qu'illustre le plus long texte de ce recueil et qui est ainsi formulée : «La vérité est blanche.»
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november 2016 by dunnettreader
Thomas G. Pavel - The Lives of the Novel: A History. (2013 hdbk, 2015 obk) | Princeton University Press
This is a bold and original original history of the novel from ancient Greece to the vibrant world of contemporary fiction. In this wide-ranging survey, Pavel argues that the driving force behind the novel's evolution has been a rivalry between stories that idealize human behavior and those that ridicule and condemn it. Impelled by this conflict, the novel moved from depicting strong souls to sensitive hearts and, finally, to enigmatic psyches. Pavel analyzes more than a hundred novels from Europe, North and South America, Asia, and beyond, resulting in a provocative reinterpretation of its development. According to Pavel, the earliest novels were implausible because their characters were either perfect or villainous. In the 18thC and 19thC, novelists strove for greater credibility by describing the inner lives of ideal characters in minute detail (as in Richardson's case), or by closely examining the historical and social environment (as Scott and Balzac did). Yet the earlier rivalry continued: Fielding held the line against idealism, defending the comic tradition with its flawed characters, while Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot offered a rejoinder to social realism with their idealized vision of strong, generous, and sensitive women. In the twentieth century, modernists like Proust and Joyce sought to move beyond this conflict and capture the enigmatic workings of the psyche. Pavel concludes his compelling account by showing how the old tensions persist even within today's pluralism, as popular novels about heroes coexist with a wealth of other kinds of works, from satire to social and psychological realism. -- Prof. of French, Comparative Literature, and Social Thought at the U. of Chicago, also "Fictional Worlds" and "The Spell of Language." -- downloaded introduction to Note
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june 2015 by dunnettreader

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