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It is set between two locations: It was awarded the Prix Goncourtbut Gracq refused to accept the prize as a protest against commercial compromising in world literature.

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You still feel the intoxication of the feverish dreams that kept you up all night. For once, ddes might be a reason: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The dreamlike qualities of the novel are related to Gracq’s previous affinity with the surrealist movement ; Gracq described The Opposing Shore as an “awakened dream”.

His duties are to be the eyes and ears of the Signory, to report nulien any rumours of interest to the State. As things stand today, virtually no work by Julien Gracq can be purchased at Italian online or physical bookstores. Read this thanks to this bit in Enrique Vila-Matas’s Dublinesque: The unvisited corners grow intimate and become your safe haven. The vacant, disquieting world herein exists on the same plane as Giorgio de Chirico’s visual art—in a time outside of time, suspended in inertia, poised on the brink of turmoil.

It’s like poetry in prose. If I write that there is an apple on a table, you immediately form a mental image of that. Trivia About Julien Gracq, Le Enamored with the early Surrealists, Gracq does display their influence, though his work is also imbued with a heavy gothic atmosphere. Not that I have understood the full or final meaning of the plot or of the total story; this is the sort of book that leaves you in suspense for a This is definitely a masterpiece He uses gracw same words over and over again drinking game idea: The battle has become a complex, tacit game in which no actions graqc taken and no peace rivwge.


Orsenna symbolizes history, tradition and order, while Farghestan stands for the irrational and ahistorical. If there was more actual “stuff” occurring in the novel to pair with writing it would be easier to push it over.

His lack of predictability can be frustrating at times, but adds in some ways to the novel’s mystery. lw

Julien Gracq: Le Rivage des Syrtes (The Opposing Shore)

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? There can be a page or two of metaphors and similes describing a single item or event.

Aug 04, Sean rated it it was amazing Shelves: Howard’s translation is that he has faced sytes to what are stylistic peculiarities in the French text and rendered them into an equally intricate but lush and rythmic prose.

Speculative fiction that is hard to classify, though in the same narrative space as the recently acclaimed The City and The City by China Mieville, “The Opposing Shore” is a book to be savored at length, read the first time for atmosphere and for rivagge a rough idea of what happens, the second time for starting to get what was going on and then several times more for pure enjoyment.

The Opposing Shore is set in the Venice-like maritime state of Orsenna which faces, across a strait, the Muslim kingdom of Farghestan. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It has already been translated into six languages, and its long overdue appearance in English reminds us of one of the more stimulating and original imaginations in contemporary French literature.

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It is too pure, romantic, and unabashed to be easily reconciled with the asceticism and ironic self-control of modernist poetics. Some of the sentences that were less interesting to me were less interesting to me because I had read similar things in el sentences in different books on previous occasions. I’m rather sure I know.

The things I liked about this book was the atmosphere and the languge, which showed you a country that had stagnated, with the same old families taking the important posts, the poets still writing about the war, and everyone still more focused on the past than on moving forward. Like the Buzzati, our hero goes to the remote outpost of a fading empire, which borders a mysterious country.

There is no actions, it is waiting. A novel of waiting, it is set in an almost empty old fortress close to a sea which defines the ancestral border between the stagnant principality of Orsenna and the territory of its archenemy, the mysterious and elusive Farghestan.

Trivia About The Opposing Shore. I am finding the prose of this book very odd and difficult to sink ricage. You gaze back at your city and in its immutability and dormancy, you now see decay and stagnation.

Views Read Edit View history. Refresh and try again. Oct 30, Jeff Jackson rated it it was amazing Shelves: You look at the horizon and wonder what lies beyond.