Thursday, August 25, 2016

The death of Michel Butor, last master of the New Roman – USAinformations

The writer author of “Change”, which had never stopped writing and publishing, died in hospital from Contamine-sur-Arve in Haute-Savoie, in “Le Monde” who announced his death, citing his family.

in the mid-50s, alongside writers like Alain Robbe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraute and Claude Simon, all published by editions de Minuit, Michel Butor attempts to break the codes of the traditional literature. The plot loses its importance in favor of everything that surrounds the main story. A literary movement called the Nouveau Roman, was born.

He wrote four novels, the last in 1960

The work of Michel Butor, Renaudot Prize in 1957 for “The Change” was huge and unclassifiable, going far beyond only four novels he had ever written, the last in 1960.

“the Change”, he uses including the second person plural, a stylistic device that forces reader to get involved in the story and will be much imitated.

Poet, essayist prolix, mad painting and music

Poet, essayist, he was familiar with Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Balzac had to publish an anthology of Victor Hugo which he considered “an uncle” who “put his hand on the shoulder and helped me throughout my life because he has practiced many different forms of writing “.

in addition to the literature, it was just as passionate about music and painting. He published numerous books including artists including Alechinsky or Jiri Kolar. Also fascinated by languages, he also tried to translation.

In 2006, the National Library of France had devoted an exhibition dubbed him “The nomadic writing”.

Grand native North traveler

Born September 14, 1926 in Mons-en-Baroeul (Nord), he was as much a writer as teacher. He traveled the continents leading in Europe, the USA, Asia or Australia multiple courses and conferences, which will be assembled in several series of books.

From the incessant back-and-forth comes a protean work and abundant, with over a thousand titles (still being published by Editions de la Difference). It will remain as one of the greatest experimenters of literature. Writers such as Nobel Prize Jean-Gustave Le Clézio, were inspired by his work.

In 2013, Michel Butor had received the great French Academy Prize for Literature for his entire artwork. “You have to read and reread Butor, still listening, still. In his art of distancing, in his literary jubilation in his taste for a nomadic + writing + and the book object,” responded the president of the BNF, Laurence Engel to AFP.

the writer had entrusted part of his correspondence, manuscripts, books that were dear to him in the BNF. Asked by the magazine Read in June, he confided having “more books gestating artists.” “I want to tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk my way. And another word for a concert with a pianist friend, Jean-François Heisser”, the musical director of the orchestra Poitou-Charentes, said -he.

Among his most notable titles of recent years, there is “Description of San Marco” (about Venice), “Portrait of the artist as a young monkey”, a set test called “Directory”, where he focuses particularly on the Princess of Cleves, Rabelais, one of his favorite authors, but also Ezra Pound, Chateaubriand, Giacometti, Hokusai and Japanese landscapes.

“My books have a paralyzing side”

in 1996, he confided to Liberation. “My books, I see it, a paralyzing side; people are afraid to go in this labyrinth increasingly huge ego -even, I struggle to put them, I do not always manage to orient myself. “

” Figure New Roman, it has never ceased to experiment with various forms of writing, often in dialogue with other arts, always with the same spirit of freedom and discovery, “wrote Francois Hollande in a statement in which he pays tribute to this” great explorer of literature. ”


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