My Friends

Author:   Emmanuel Bove ,  Janet Louth
Publisher:   The New York Review of Books, Inc
Edition:   Main
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9781681373133


Pages:   168
Publication Date:   07 May 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Colette read the manuscript of My Friends (Mes Amis) in 1923 and launched the literary career of Emmanuel Bove (1898-1945). Rilke and Gide admired him. Though his work was eclipsed after the war, it never vanished entirely- Samuel Beckett and John Ashbery were among its advocates, and Bove has been rediscovered in France, Germany, and the United States. Jane Kramer described in the The New Yorker how Peter Handke (his Austrian translator) and the German filmmaker Wim Wenders talk about Bove with the same sort of familiarity which Rilke felt...For them the concrete and very precise language in a story by Emmanuel Bove is a language that addresses the eye, a language that the eye can read as images. The tone of My Friends is ruthlessly accurate- the narrator, Victor Baton, describes his world of waking, washing, strolling, eating and longing, meticulously and without a trace of irony. Bove was 24 when he completed My Friends. He announced that he'd invented a genre, the novel of impoverished solitude. His protagonist, Baton, drifts from encounter to encounter, looking for the elusive special friend. A veteran of unspecified battles, with some secret wound under his shabby coat, hungry for affection, he picks about the margins of Paris life, a ghost encumbered by anachronistic rules of etiquette, pride and vanity. His guilelessness and conceit are wonderful instruments for presenting a sequence of encounters which laughter makes timeless.

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Author:   Emmanuel Bove ,  Janet Louth
Publisher:   The New York Review of Books, Inc
Imprint:   The New York Review of Books, Inc
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Width: 12.70cm , Height: 1.10cm , Length: 20.30cm
Weight:   0.185kg
ISBN:  

9781681373133


ISBN 10:   1681373130
Pages:   168
Publication Date:   07 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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Slim, dismal, hilarious. --Sheila Heti, Bookforum Bove is the Proust of the other end of the bourgeoisie. --Keith Botsford An ironic, beautifully understated and entertaining early existentialist novel.... Contemporary readers will find Bove's world, of postwar Paris, fascinating and entertaining, and his skill in rendering it impressive. --Kirkus Reviews [Bove's] first novel is as buoyant as fresh bread. It is also sad, funny and engagingly written in short, sober sentences which seem to flow with the ease of everyday talk. Beneath this appearance, to be sure, lies the art which conceals art, for Emmanuel Bove's style is thriftily pared down and his choice of detail cleverly persuasive. The surprise is not in learning that his books appealed in their time to Colette, Rainer Maria Rilke and Samuel Beckett, but rather that they should have sunk since then into near oblivion. --Julia O'Faolain, Los Angeles Times


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Emmanuel Bove (1898-1945) was a French journalist and novelist. He had been publishing popular novels under the pseudonym Jean Vallois for several years when Colette helped him publish My Friends under his own name. He continued publishing successful novels until World War II, at which time he was forced into exile in Algeria. He died of heart failure soon after returning to Paris from exile. Janet Louth has translated several books by Emmanuel Bove, including My Friends, Armand, and A Man Who Knows. She lives in Manchester, England.

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