Author : August Nemo
ISBN : 9788577773268
Genre : Fiction
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Welcome to the Essential Novelists book series, were we present to you the best works of remarkable authors. For this book, the literary critic August Nemo has chosen the two most important and meaningful novels of Alphonse Daudet which are Tartarin of Tarascon and The Immortal. Alphonse Daudet is now remembered chiefly as the author of sentimental tales of provincial life in the south of France. Novels selected for this book: - Tartarin of Tarascon. - The Immortal.This is one of many books in the series Essential Novelists. If you liked this book, look for the other titles in the series, we are sure you will like some of the authors.
Alphonse Daudet's novels established him as the most successful writer in France by the end of the XIX century; but it was the LETTERS, first published in book form in 1869, which remained his favourite creation and has proved his most lasting. Throughout his working life in Paris Daudet never lost his almost umbilical attachment to Provence. These tales of that region are characterised by a tenderness and delicacy, a wistfulness and wry humour, which give moving substance to his claim that to invent, for him, was to remember.
Alphonse Daudet was a highly popular nineteenth-century French novelist, whose work radiated humour and good cheer. Few knew that for his entire adult life he suffered from syphilis, a disease both unmentionable and incurable at the time. What even fewer realised was that he kept an intimate notebook in which he recorded the development and terrifying effects of the disease. Describing a life in pain, and the sometimes alarming treatments he underwent, Daudet's journal is unique for its comic zest, lucid self-examination and stoicism. Translated by the Booker Prize-winning writer Julian Barnes.
Daudet based 'Sappho' on his love affair with Chien Vert, a notorious tart. He wrote it when he was already beginning to suffer from the syphilitic paralysis which eventually killed him, and the story is a moral tale intended for his sons to read at 20. It is an evocative portrait of a glorious demi-mondaine, an artist's model still more moving that the works she inspires. Sappho's helplessness and sexual beauty are responsible for the progressive moral and spiritual collapse of her lover. The book is a set-piece illustrating the mauling decadence inflicts on hope.