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This volume contains a novella and three short stories by the
much admired French prose stylist and novelist, Louis-Rene des Forets, who
has been compared to Proust, although in feeling he is much closer to his
contemporaries of the 'nouveau roman'.
In 'The Bavard', the narrator relates the incidents of his life, but it is
his personality that he conveys, from which the reader - pulled on by the
constant stream of words - can discern the reasons for his obsessions as he
gradually relapses into silence.
Three stories follow from his prize-winning collection 'The Children's
Room' (Prix des Critiques). In the title story, we get great insight into
the world of childhood, observed by an adult. Childhood also emerges in one
of the other stories, but it is our personality quirks, our egos, that the
author examines and projects in his fiction, and in a prose that is a joy
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"Here is writing at its most aristocratic and rigorous ... a
writer's writer, a real 'eminence grise'... an unwearing, subtle and
-- The Observer
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Book Description Riverrun Pr, 1987. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0714501654