(Sorry for the lack of accents.)
All-time greatest French novelist?
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Sexist. You have forgotten Nathalie Sarraute!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||12/03/2012|
Bitch is prejudiced!
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Some of us who are writers are also men of action!
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Camus certainly is the most popular worldwide, yet he has no votes....
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Really, really, really tough choice. I opted for Proust, but any on that list could win and it'd be justified.
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Flaubert, OP, the answer is always going to be Flaubert.
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|by Anonymous||reply 7||12/03/2012|
[quote]Bitch is prejudiced! by: Gerard de Nerval
You never wrote a novel, Gerard.
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Liar, R8. "Aurelia" for example.
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|by Anonymous||reply 10||12/03/2012|
Jules Michelet and Michel Foucault
So clever with the sources they passed themselves off as non-fiction writers!
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Simone de Beauvoir
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I voted for Balzac because his name is the same as a Frenchman's private parts.
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I am glad some one remembered Malraux, he seems somewhat forgotten today. Stendhal is my favorite - I have read The Red and the Black many times, it is my favorite book.
But, r6 is correct - it's Flaubert.
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His never-ending search for "le mot juste" paid off.
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Who was the lesbian that wrote The Abyss? She should be on the list.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||12/04/2012|
I don't see why Flaubert is so well liked. He was mean to us!
|by Anonymous||reply 19||12/04/2012|
So let me get this straight. Proust and Flaubert are geniuses because they were rich kids who could afford to spend five years on a few hundred pages? Don't make laugh! It is the characters, which matter, not the language!
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No Andre Gide in this list?
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D'oh there it is! Seriously underrated novelist in my opinion.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||12/04/2012|
i have read all of the above (except for Louis-Ferdinand Celine) and i like them all. However if i have to pick up one from this, i would pick....wait! I can't pick only one from this list! At least let me pick...four! So i give my votes to Andre Gide, Honore de Balzac, Marcel Proust and Victor Hugo.
By the way,from your beautiful list misses Francois Mauriac, one of the greatest French novelists.
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*if i had
|by Anonymous||reply 24||12/04/2012|
'Novel' is too limited a category for excellence in French writers. I feel that the French developed both the essay and the short short (comte) as an art form.
Zola, Voltaire. Gide and Genet excelled in multiple genres of writing. I also feel that de Maupassant's short stories are top-notch.
Candide remains one of my personal faves. I am not sure if would 'fit' into the current definition of a novel as it is also both brilliant social satire.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||12/04/2012|
There are no women in this list. What happened to Madame de Stael, George Sand, Colette and Marguerite Yourcenar?
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Nance from Delray,unfortunately i only know Colette and George Sand from your list and i only have read the first one. The other two escaped me...
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Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987) is best-known as the author of "Memoirs of Hadrian." She was also the first woman to be inducted into the prestigious French Academy.
Germaine Necker, Madame de Stael (1766-1817) wrote "Corinne" as well as several works of non-fiction. She was also a famous salonniere and political opponent of Napoleon.
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Were "The Adventures of Tin-Tin" written in French?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||12/04/2012|
Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly was also a noticeable French writer. I have read his fiction novel 'L'Ensorcelée'(Bewitched) and i found it really gripping.
I read in Wiki that he had a decisive influence on writers such as Henry James and Marcel Proust.
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|by Anonymous||reply 34||12/04/2012|
Ask Dubya...he knows ALL about KA-MOO.
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|by Anonymous||reply 36||12/04/2012|
We are interested in French, not francophone authors. Otherwise we'd have to consider Anne Hebert and Hubert Aquin.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||12/04/2012|
I'm so used to being ignored by racist pigs like the OP. Even though I was the most widely read French writer in history, it took the establishment 132 years to honor me with burial in the Pantheon.
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