Category Archive: Literature

Oct 17 2014

The Paris Museum of Letters and Manuscripts

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The week before last I visited an exhibition on the works of the Marquis de Sade at this lesser-known Paris Museum, featuring many of his handwritten letters and manuscripts, the highlight of which is the 12-metre roll of manuscript on which de Sade wrote The 120 Days of Sodom, during his years in prison in …

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Jun 28 2012

escape the tyranny of distance… and maintain your French

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The great challenge for Australian francophones is maintaining our French, given our distance from France. Even with one or two trips per year, as some of us are able to make, there are still long fallow periods when we’re not using French for many months at a stretch. I’m always interested to hear other Aussie …

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Feb 25 2012

Exquisite play commemorates 150 years of Les Miserables

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In a small, unpretentious theatre near the Bastille, this week I witnessed one of the most sublime theatrical experiences of my life: the story of Juliette Drouet, muse and lover for fifty years of France’s greatest writer, Victor Hugo. All but ignored or forgotten in most official histories, Juliette exchanged with Victor 23,000 letters over their fifty-year love affair, letters which writer and actress Anthea Sogno has mined in order to produce this exquisite and historically accurate play. Sogno herself gives a spellbinding and often very funny performance of Drouet.

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Aug 14 2010

The bloke from the grave next door–in Paris

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One day last month I noticed a poster in the Metro with this intrguing title, although of course in French: Le mec a la tombe d’a cote (sorry about lack of accents, but this blogging program seems to lack them). On closer inspection, I saw that it was an advertisement for a play…

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Apr 14 2009

No Escaping La Princesse de Clèves

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When I was diligently poring over the canonical 17th century French novel La Princesse de Clèves last year during my French literature class in Melbourne, the last thing I would have imagined was La Princesse becoming a symbol of resistance to President Sarkozy. Sarkozy seems to have borne a grudge against La Princesse for quite …

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Dec 20 2008

PRIX GONCOURT 2009 winner talks about writing

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I’ve just been listening to Yvan Amar’s Danse des Mots program on Radio France (about which I’ve blogged before), in which he interviewed Afghan/French writer and film maker Atiq Rahimi. Rahimi has just won the Prix Goncourt 2009 for his latest book Syngue Sabour (pierre de patience). Syngue Sabour is Persian – his mother tongue …

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