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Julien Gracq - Entretien

Julien Gracq - Entretien

Just after leaving Paris, Julien Gracq came to the French Institute and spoke his mind about his writing. The discussion is more of a 'barely oriented monologue', much like what the reader can find in Gracq's 1945 novel 'Un beau ténébreux' (A Dark Stranger).

Julien Gracq (1910-2007) wrote novels, critiques, a play, and poetry. His literary works were noted for their dreamlike abstraction, elegant style and refined vocabulary. He was close to the surrealist movement, in particular its leader André Breton. His most famous novel 'Le Rivage des Syrtes' (The Opposing Shore, 1951) was awarded the Prix Goncourt, but Gracq refused to accept the prize as a protest against commercial compromising in world literature.