Book by Raymond Queneau
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Descrizione libro Elmwood Park, IL: The Dalkey Archive Press, 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. Quarto, tan cloth boards, pictorial dust jacket. A new, unread copy. *** "Even though I can't remember my childhood, my memory being as if ravaged by some disaster, there nevertheless remains a series of images from the time before my birth . . . of my first twenty years, only ruins are left in a memory devastated by unhappiness." These opening lines from Queneau's novel, first published in France in 1937, are a brilliant, moving introduction to a story about the devastating psychological effects of war, about falling in love and being transformed by love, about politics subverting human relationships, about life in Paris during the early 1930s amid intellectuals and artists whose activities range from writing for radical magazines to conjuring the ghost of Lenin in séances. Most of all, it's about Roland Travy's agonizing search for happiness after having been conditioned to live unhappily but safely for so long, about his growing self-awareness and need for another human being, about his willingness to shed his fears and accept his humanity. Using the down-and-outs of Parisian intelligentsia as his backdrop, Queneau has written a profoundly moving yet wryly comic story of a man's attempt to discover meaning, as well as his attempts to protect himself against the pain of understanding himself." *** "Queneau's books are ambiguous fairylands in which the scenes of everyday life are mingled with a melancholy which is ageless." --Albert Camus. "I must underline here the importance of the novels of Raymond Queneau whose texture often and whose movement always are strictly those of the imagination." --Alain Robbe-Grillet. (Book description and details copyright Moments of Being). Codice libro della libreria 3-0001
Descrizione libro Dalkey Archive Press, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0916583341