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Journal 1887-1910 (riverrun editions) By Jules Renard

Journal 1887-1910 (riverrun editions) by Jules Renard

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Julian Barnes' exclusive selection from the classic French work, newly translated by Theo Cuffe

Journal 1887-1910 (riverrun editions) Summary

Journal 1887-1910 (riverrun editions): an exclusive new selection of the astounding French classic by Jules Renard

'As a mayor, I am responsible for the upkeep of rural roads; as poet, I prefer to see them neglected.'

Jules Renard was a French literary figure of the late nineteenth century. Not a Parisian but a committed countryman, he was elected mayor in 1904 of the tiny village of Citry-le-Mines in a remote part of northern Burgundy. He had the soul of a rustic bourgeois but the ambition of a metropolitan, and his wife's money allowed him to move in elevated circles, though he seemed an awkward customer, a badger, and looked like one. He wrote fiction, journalism and drama, very successfully, but the Journal is Renard's masterpiece, the least categorizable work of the French fin de siecle.

The Journal constitutes a profusion of entries, without stitching or pattern: mordant reflections on style, literature and theatre; portraits of family, friends and the Parisian literary scene; quasi-ethnographical observations on village life and notations of the natural world which are unlike anything except themselves.

Samuel Beckett spoke of Renard in the same breath as Proust and Celine, wrote of the Journal that 'for me it is as inexhaustible as Boswell ' and believed his style was learnt from despair. Gide said the Journal was 'not a river but a distillery'. Sartre wrote that 'He invented the literature of silence'. But above all it is a moving and splintery piece of self-scrutiny.

Julian Barnes has admired the Journal for many years and has made this new selection from the twelve hundred page Pleiade edition. Theo Cuffe's translation will help bring this fierce judge of human foibles to a new generation of readers.

Journal 1887-1910 (riverrun editions) Reviews

Well over 100 years later, his writing is still fresh because it retains the tang of curiosity... He writes with such grace, and with such attention, that before long you begin to feel his Journals are not just writings about life, but life itself. * Mail on Sunday *

About Jules Renard

Jules Renard (1864 - 1910) was a French author and member of the Academie Goncourt. He wrote plays, journalism and fiction, as well as his famous and well-loved Journal.

Julian Barnes is the author of thirteen novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize and Flaubert's Parrot. He has also written a book of essays on French themes Something to Declare, a collection of Franco-British short stories, Cross Channel, and translated Alphonse Daudet's In the Land of Pain. In 2017, he was awarded the Legion d'honneur.

Theo Cuffe has translated Voltaire's Candide and a collection of his philosophical tales (Micromegas & Other Short Fictions) for Penguin Classics.

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NGR9781787475595
9781787475595
178747559X
Journal 1887-1910 (riverrun editions): an exclusive new selection of the astounding French classic by Jules Renard
New
Hardback
Quercus Publishing
2020-10-01
384
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