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Pages from the Goncourt Journals (New York Review Books Classics) - 'Edmond de Goncourt', 'Jules de Goncourt'
Pages from the Goncourt Journals (New York Review Books Classics)
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No evocation of Parisian life in the second half of the nineteenth century can match that found in the journals of the brothers GoncourtThe journal of the brothers Edmond and Jules de Goncourt is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century French literature, a work that in its richness of... show more
No evocation of Parisian life in the second half of the nineteenth century can match that found in the journals of the brothers GoncourtThe journal of the brothers Edmond and Jules de Goncourt is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century French literature, a work that in its richness of color, variety, and seemingly casual perfection bears comparison with the great paintings of their friends and contemporaries the Impressionists.Born nearly ten years apart into a French aristocratic family, the two brothers formed an extraordinarily productive and enduring literary partnership, collaborating on novels, criticism, and plays that pioneered the new aesthetic of naturalism. But the brothers’ talents found their most memorable outlet in their journal, which is at once a chronicle of an era, an intimate glimpse into their lives, and the purest expression of a nascent modern sensibility preoccupied with sex and art, celebrity and self-exposure. The Goncourts visit slums, brothels, balls, department stores, and imperial receptions; they argue over art and politics and trade merciless gossip with and about Hugo, Baudelaire, Degas, Flaubert, Zola, Rodin, and many others. And in 1871, Edmond maintains a vigil as his brother dies a slow and agonizing death from syphilis, recording every detail in the journal that he would continue to maintain alone for another two decades.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590171905 (159017190X)
ASIN: 159017190X
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 472
Edition language: English
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catpdx
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4.0 Pages from the Goncourt Journals (New York Review Books Classics)
I'm reading through a selection of Geoff Dyer's essays and ran into this one on the Goncourts:http://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/dec/09/featuresreviews.guardianreview27It does express well what makes a collection thatg should be insufferable so compelling. I wouldn't want to hang out with the bro...
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Hands-down the most entertaining book I've read all year. You need this in your life if you have any interest at all in French literature, the life of the mind, the creative process, or Gallic bitching on a monumental scale. Especially the last one. Every page, and I mean every page, of this book co...
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