(From the publisher):
From the publisher
A major selection of her nonfiction writings composed of essays and reviews written between 1968 and 1985. The collection opens with her two-part New Yorker series, "The Events in May-A Paris Notebook," in which she gives in diary form her impressions and experiences during the 1968 student revolt, when families and neighbors turned against each other and the age-old class conflicts and generational prejudices that divide French society erupted in the streets. The third long essay, "Immortal Gatito: The Gabrielle Russier Case," is a moving account of the tragedy of a young French schoolteacher driven to imprisonment, madness, and suicide as the result of an affair with one of her male students. Taken together, these two pieces amount to a fascinating analysis of French society by one of its most perceptive observers. Other essays range in subject from a lament for the destruction of Paris architecture to an exploration of literary style, to an insightful article on French writer Marguerite Yourcenar.
The selection of reviews chosen here covers books by or about such major figures as Nabokov, de Beauvoir, Simenon, Colette and Grass.
Original title: Paris Notebooks
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)
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