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The waves crashing on the shore sing to you soothingly. 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.

Overwriting something as Gracq does in The Opposing Shore gives you a glut of details, but clouds the overall image. Jose rated it it was amazing Apr 06, Fragments de Lichtenberg Fragments of Lichtenberg.

Back Catalogue #2 Julien Gracq, “Le Rivage des Syrtes” (1951)

Write a customer review. I originally gave this award-winning rivagw three stars, but downgraded it because its dubious message seemed to be that jingoism is the best only? Share your thoughts with other customers.

Something is clearly going on and Vanessa, Aldo and others are clearly tired of this uneasy peace. While Buzzati’s work can at times flirt with minimalism, Gracq’s writing is on the other side of the spectrum, prolix.

Times are ripe for a change, even if change must be synonymous with the downfall of Orsenna. I was interrupted during my earlier syftes. Both books even have covers using de Chirico paintings.


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

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As if we were troops advancing into fog, a subtle disorientation of the adversary was preparing and precipitating our movements.

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Views Read Edit View history. The beauty of the phonetic texture, the mesmerizing prosody, the singing archaism of the ld construction require an additional effort, but they amply reward it.

It is Gracq’s third and most famous novel. It is a post that requires almost no effort as the decaying fleet is almost non-existent and nothing has happened on the coast for the past three hundred years.

Little does he also know how he will, inadvertently or not, come to change that. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Trova lavoro in editoria. May 05, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: His duties are to be the eyes and ears of the Signory, to report back any rumours of interest to the State. Best when read aloud since the sentences really flow and it’s easier to stay alert when reading aloud.

The book is still riage print in English and is well worth reading. As for plot development, Gracq builds in his inexorable, heavily textured way toward what materializes out of the thick grey mist covering the rank marshlands of the Syrtes coast as an inevitable climax.


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Jun 11, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. Julien Gracq, Le Rivag 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 ves. It’s like poetry in prose. Worth going through again one day — like much of Faulkner, fivage like much would clarify on second and third read.

Jul 26, Sean rated it really liked it Recommends it for: If, like me, you have ever wondered why authors need editors then this is the book to show you! Orsenna symbolizes history, tradition and order, while Farghestan stands for the irrational and ahistorical. Nothing was stirring yet in Orsenna’s sleepy graq, and the great palm fronds spread all the more broadly above blind walls, the chiming of the cathedral clock wakened a dim yet lingering vibration from the old facades.