Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The writer Michel Butor died in 89 years – The Point

“Writing is to destroy the barriers”, said the writer, poet and essayist Michel Butor, last great figure of the Nouveau Roman, died Wednesday at age 89, leaving behind a work of prolific and always unclassifiable studied in France and abroad.

the writer who had never ceased to write and publish died in hospital of Contamine-sur-Arve in Haute-Savoie according to Le Monde, which announced his death, citing his family.

in the mid-50s, alongside writers like Alain Robbe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraute and Claude Simon, all published by Minuit editions Michel Butor attempts to break the codes of 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.

“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” François Hollande wrote in a statement in which he pays tribute to this “great explorer of literature.”

the work of Michel Butor, Renaudot prize in 1957 for “the Change”, was huge and unclassifiable, from beyond of 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 the reader to get involved in the story and will be much imitated.

Poet, essayist, he was familiar with Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Balzac had just published 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 practiced forms varied 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. Fascinated by languages, he also tried to translation.

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

– experimenter literature –

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 comings and goings born 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, he received the grand prize for literature of the French Academy for lifetime achievement .

“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.

When asked by Read magazine last June, the writer confided having “several books artists in the making. ” “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.

in 1996, he confided to Liberation. “My books, I see it, a paralyzing side; people are afraid to go in this labyrinth increasingly huge myself, I have trouble storing, I do not always manage to orient myself “

08/25/2016 2:14:48. – Paris (AFP) – AFP © 2016


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