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Wednesdays with Romain Gary, Part Fourteen

Les Racines du Ciel. 1956 English title: The Roots of Heaven.

Romain Gary won his first Prix Goncourt with Les Racines du ciel. It was published in 1956 and it’s the story of Morel who is in Africa to save elephants. 448 more words

Novel

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The Prix Goncourt is a prize in French literature. Last year's winner was Pierre Lemaitre.

Wednesdays with Romain Gary, Part Fourteen

Les Racines du Ciel. 1956 English title: The Roots of Heaven.

Romain Gary won his first Prix Goncourt with Les Racines du ciel. It was published in 1956 and it’s the story of Morel who is in Africa to save elephants. 448 more words

Novel

French Cultural, too elitist /La culture française, trop élitiste

Ah…French culture, the food, the clothes, the jewelry, the wine, the literature, the cinema, these have great importance in France. The first four have such incredible global reputations that they are some of France’s most important exports. 1,320 more words

Life

L'usage du monde /// The use of the world

Ensuite j’ai fumé un narghileh en regardant la montagne. À côté d’elle, le poste, le drapeau noir-rougevert, le camion chargé d’enfants pathan leur long fusil en travers des épaules, toutes les choses humaines paraissaient frustes, amenuisées, séparées par trop d’espace comme dans ces dessins d’enfants où la proportion n’est pas respectée.

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Literary Evenings

Inspiration as Slavery

Even the most rabid critics of formalism are forced to admit that there are formal demands which a work cannot elude. Responding to those who were trying to confound inspiration, liberty, chance and the dictates of the unconscious, the terms that Raymond Queneau employed in 1938 are well known: “… inspiration which consists in blind obedience to every impulse is in reality a sort of slavery. 69 more words

Writing

Marie de France's Bisclavret - A Werewolf Story from the 12th Century

I’ve always been fond of The Lais of Marie de France, a collection of folk tales set in a mythical Brittany. For a book this old, they are surprisingly approachable and entertaining. 463 more words

Books