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ISBN: 1885586868
Author: Ingeborg Kohn,Julien Gracq
Language: English
Publisher: Turtle Point Press (September 2003)
Pages: 96
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.5
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Julien Gracq is the greatest living French author. King Cophetua (trans. Ingeborg M. Kohn) is almost a ghost story, the quasi-ghost being the narrator, who looks back on the dark autumn of 1917 in France, just before the war reached its final, brutal paroxysms.

Julien Gracq is the greatest living French author. He won but refused the Prix Goncourt for Le Rivage des Syrtes. The literal sounds of battle are constantly in the background as the unnamed narrator travels from Paris to Braye-la-Foret to visit an acquaintance, Neuil, a gentleman pilot in the French air force who is also a well-respected musician.

Julien Gracq, Ingeborg M. Kohn (Translator)

A slender beautifully written work takes us into the war-torn French. Julien Gracq, Ingeborg M. Kohn (Translator). He then entered the École Normale Supérieure in 1930, Julien Gracq (27 July 1910 – 22 December 2007), born Louis Poirier in S. Florent-le-Vieil, in the French "département" of Maine-et-Loire, was a French writer. He wrote novels, critiques, a play, and poetry. His literary works were noted for their Surrealism. Gracq first studied in Paris at the Lycée Henri IV, where he earned his baccalauréat.

La Presqu’île (The Peninsula; 1970) is the title of a collection of three short pieces by French writer Julien Gracq that takes its name from its second work, a novella, which is preceded by La Route and followed by Le Roi Cophetua (King Cophetua)

La Presqu’île (The Peninsula; 1970) is the title of a collection of three short pieces by French writer Julien Gracq that takes its name from its second work, a novella, which is preceded by La Route and followed by Le Roi Cophetua (King Cophetua). The Peninsula and King Cophetua have been published separately in English by Green Integer (2011) and Turtle Point Press (2003), respectively. La Route has yet to be translated into English.

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Gracq, now in his 90s, is a former history teacher and Goncourt refusenik. His fiction has a somnambulist poise, and in King Cophetua (1970) the dislocation of the first world war is heightened by a moodily tangential plot. The narrator, invalided out of the war, travels to dank northern France to meet his friend Jacques, a fighter pilot. Jacques, ominously, is still away, so the narrator waits up in the November gloom with the housekeeper.

Translating Julien Gracq is a challenge. But when, a few years ago, I broached the subject of new translation projects to Julien Gracq, to start with his novella Le Roi Cophetua, he was less than enthusiastic. Why new translations?

Translating Julien Gracq is a challenge. His own wish-impossible to realize-had been to write books that were practically untranslatable: Mon -aurait ete que mes livres tiennent tellement a la langue qu'ils en soient pratiquement intraduisibles. Why new translations? His best-known texts, the novels, had already been translated quite some time ago, and well translated; especially by the poet Richard Howard, translator of Andre Breton and de Gaulle's War Memoirs.

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"A slender beautifully written work takes us into the war-torn French countryside in 1917...its theme of anxiety created by a distant media driven war proves an apt metaphor for our time."—East Bay Express

Comments:

Elildelm
I won't be reading another novella any time soon, as I can't imagine doing so without feeling maddeningly frustrated that it wasn't approaching the near-perfection of this one.

In 1917 the narrator takes the train to the country, where he's been invited to stay with a friend whose villa is deep in the forest. The friend, who was to have been on a short leave, falls to arrive and the narrator passes a night in the house whose only other inhabitant is a silent and unfathomable woman.

It's Gracq's genius for evocative description that makes this work a thing of beauty: The dark squally November day; the ancient trees looming at forest's edge; the smell of wet mouldy earth; the glimpses afforded by the brief flare of a candle; the sounds of clock chimes, violent wind, and, from afar, artillery in the battlefield. . . Gracq's unique style somehow lends a sense of immediate reality to the events whilst simultaneously shrouding them in a dream-like haze. Really. It crossed my mind that I might be over-estimating the book's quality simply because I so like storms, and effects of light, and coldly impersonal interiors, and an air of insoluble mystery--but no, I think the book would have seemed wonderful had it been lacking those things.

This would I suspect be a good book to begin with for someone curious about the writer; certainly the story-line is more pronounced and the prose less extravagant than in the Gracq novel I've read.

A quiet masterpiece.
Vinainl
This is the second novel I've read by Julien Gracq, who died 12/22/07 at the age of 97. The first was The Narrow Waters, a gorgeous meditation on time, childhood, memory and water. King Cophetua (trans. Ingeborg M. Kohn) is almost a ghost story, the quasi-ghost being the narrator, who looks back on the dark autumn of 1917 in France, just before the war reached its final, brutal paroxysms. The literal sounds of battle are constantly in the background as the unnamed narrator travels from Paris to Braye-la-Foret to visit an acquaintance, Neuil, a gentleman pilot in the French air force who is also a well-respected musician. When the narrator arrives at Neuil's villa, the master of the house has not returned (and may have died in combat--we never know for sure), although he invited the narrator to come on this date, All Saint's Day. The only other character is the unnamed woman servant, whose presence both disturbs and attracts the narrator. None of this synopsis, such as it is, does justice to the obsessive, atmospheric eeriness of this brief narrative; rarely have sound and light been evoked so intensely, and students of painting and literature will take pleasure in the ambiguous allusions Gracq deftly deploys (starting with the title, which resonates in all sorts of strange ways). (Apropos of allusions: this novella has an allusion to a female version of Orpheus, the only such example of which I'm aware.) If I've given this work 4 stars, it's only because, based on The Narrow Waters and what I've read about his other works, I think this may not be his very best. Nonetheless, it's a beauty, and should serve as an engaging introduction to this major French writer whose work is little known here. Turtle Point Press has brought out fine editions of other Gracq works, and Pushkin Press (UK) has published a lovely edition of Gracq's first novel, Chateau d'Argol.

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