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Jaume Cabré, Olivia Elkaim, Claude Gauvard, Iegor Gran, Goliarda Sapienza… Short views of “The World Book”

Seven novels, two stories, two collections of short stories, a biography, a portrait, an anthology, a historical essay, another sociological, a philosophical collection… These are brief descriptions of seventeen notable works in this forty-third week. years.

Anthology. “The authors. Volume II, XVIIIe– XIXe century »

In the first volume ofAuthorspublished in September 2022 (Out of Reach), Daphné Ticrizenis brought together texts of different genres, from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.e century. Continuing the development of this first anthology of literature written by women, now in the 18the and XIXe let her get on with it. In these two centuries, authors were forced to publish anonymously or ask permission from their husbands before publishing a single line. However, as this collection shows, women writers, just like their male colleagues, contributed to the development of the philosophical movement of the Enlightenment, participated in the revolutions of 1789 and 1848 or in the Commune. From Emilie du Châtelet (1706-1749) to Renée Vivien (1877-1909), we (re)discover the humor, sensitivity and liveliness of these intellectuals still largely obscured by school curricula and textbooks. So. Be.

“The authors. These great wipers that created literature. Volume II, XVIIIe– XIXe century”, anthology Daphné Ticrizenis, Hors d’reach, “Literatures”, 336 pages, €27, digital €18.

Novel. “The Beginning of Life”, Anita Brookner

In the preface to his great novel Hotel Lake (Belfond, 1987), Julian Barnes sheltered his compatriot Anita Brookner (1928-2016) among writers “the most brilliant and sensitive of her generation”. We must therefore welcome the editions of Bartillat, which republish his works. After Hotel Lakepublished in January, The beginning of life – published by Belfond in 1990 under the title Life, somewhere – is his first and most autobiographical fiction text. It is also a nod to Balzac’s text of the same name (1842), which the narrator Ruth opens while waiting for her first date, not knowing what she will think later (“At the age of 40, Professor Ruth Weiss, doctor of literature, knew that literature had ruined her life. »). In this text, written in 1981, we find Anita Brookner’s gift for observing and cutting irony. The same ones that are in the background of “Madame de Balzac and I”, the unpublished short film that opens this book, where it gently mocks the old aristocracy of the 16th century.e Parisian quarter. Fl.N.

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