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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: GALLIMARD (ÉDITIONS) (Oct. 11 2005)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2070318478
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070318476
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.3 x 10.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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L’Africain auquel Le Clézio rend un hommage tardif dans ce récit aussi bref que prenant, c’est son père. Un père qu’il n’a pas connu avant l’âge de huit ans, et qui restera pour lui un étranger. Grâce à l’écriture, l’écrivain français part à la rencontre de cet inconnu, rendant enfin justice au destin singulier de ce médecin anti-colonialiste qui, pendant 22 ans, ratissa un immense territoire pour soigner les habitants de l’Ouest africain. C’est un père autoritaire, aigri d’avoir si longtemps vécu séparé de sa famille, que le petit Le Clézio rencontre au Nigeria en 1948. Mais c’est aussi pour l’enfant, après le confinement angoissé des années de guerre, la découverte initiatrice du continent noir, un monde envoûtant où lui et les siens sont les seuls Européens, où les sensations sont exacerbées et où le danger rôde : “(…) je me souviens de tout ce que j’ai reçu quand je suis arrivé pour la première fois en Afrique : une liberté si intense que cela me brûlait, m’enivrait, que j’en jouissais jusqu’à la douleur.”

D’une plume à la fois sobre et sensuelle, l’auteur de Désert nous transporte dans l’Afrique de sa jeunesse, dont il évoque tangiblement les couleurs et les noms, la flore et les corps. Un magnifique témoignage illustré de vieilles photos en noir et blanc (tirées de la collection de l’auteur) qui fait renaître à la fois le passé du père et la mémoire de l’écrivain. --Marie Labrecque --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

J. M. G. Le Clézio est né à Nice le 13 avril 1940 ; il est originaire d'une famille de Bretagne émigrée à l'île Maurice au XVIIe siècle. Il a poursuivi des études au collège littéraire universitaire de Nice et est docteur ès lettres. Outre de nombreux voyages, J. M. G. Le Clézio n'a pas cessé d'écrire depuis l'âge de sept ou huit ans : poèmes, contes, récits, nouvelles, dont aucun n'avait été publié avant Le procès-verbal, son premier roman paru en septembre 1963 et qui obtint le prix Renaudot. Son œuvre compte aujourd'hui une trentaine de volumes. En 1980, il a reçu le Grand Prix Paul-Morand décerné par l'Académie française pour son roman Désert.

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By V G. Smith on May 12 2014
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Good book by eminent writer. An attempt to evoke his father through memories, so no straight narrative line is given and the result is a somewhat disconnected series of scenes. The back and forth can be difficult to follow in French. V.
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Family history behind the fiction Dec 11 2008
By SyrJohan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful short memoir of Le Clezio's father. His parents were cousins who left Mauritius for Europe after the family lost their estate. His father studied medicine in Britain and wanted to get as far away from his lost home as possible, spending most of his career as doctor in Cameroon and Nigeria. The family was split by World War Two, with the author, his mother and brother trapped in France while his father made a failed attempt to reach them. After the early years of fear and deprivation, young Jean first experienced freedom in Africa, wandering the plains with his brother and the local children. The Le Clezios were the only white family and Jean is grateful that he wasn't involved more closely in colonial society. His father, too, wanted to get away from the snobbery and hypocrisy of British and colonial social systems. The family history in the novel _Revolutions_ is presented factually here and the reader can see how Le Clezio changed things for fictional use. The book is illustrated with photographs his father took during his travels in Africa, although the connection between the specific photos and the text is not clear at the beginning but is explained as the book proceeds. The book is beautifully and clearly written. It had more resonance for me after reading the long novel, _Revolutions_, but would make a fine introduction to this great writer.
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Good book May 4 2011
By A. Haukeland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Hello. This book is easy to read and sets the reader in a special African mood. Very interesting to read about real Africa before the internationalization started.


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