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All-time greatest French novelist?

(Sorry for the lack of accents.)

by Anonymousreply 3812/04/2012

Sexist. You have forgotten Nathalie Sarraute!

by Anonymousreply 112/03/2012

Bitch is prejudiced!

by Anonymousreply 212/03/2012

Some of us who are writers are also men of action!

by Anonymousreply 312/03/2012

Camus certainly is the most popular worldwide, yet he has no votes....

by Anonymousreply 412/03/2012

Really, really, really tough choice. I opted for Proust, but any on that list could win and it'd be justified.

by Anonymousreply 512/03/2012

Flaubert, OP, the answer is always going to be Flaubert.

by Anonymousreply 612/03/2012

J'accuse, OP!

by Anonymousreply 712/03/2012

[quote]Bitch is prejudiced! by: Gerard de Nerval

You never wrote a novel, Gerard.

by Anonymousreply 812/03/2012

Liar, R8. "Aurelia" for example.

by Anonymousreply 912/03/2012

Andre Maurois

by Anonymousreply 1012/03/2012

Jules Michelet and Michel Foucault

So clever with the sources they passed themselves off as non-fiction writers!

by Anonymousreply 1112/03/2012

George Sand

Simone de Beauvoir

Jean-Paul Sartre

by Anonymousreply 1212/03/2012

Irma LaDouche

by Anonymousreply 1312/03/2012

I voted for Balzac because his name is the same as a Frenchman's private parts.

by Anonymousreply 1412/03/2012

Jules Verne.

by Anonymousreply 1512/03/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1612/03/2012


His never-ending search for "le mot juste" paid off.

by Anonymousreply 1712/03/2012

Who was the lesbian that wrote The Abyss? She should be on the list.

by Anonymousreply 1812/03/2012

I don't see why Flaubert is so well liked. He was mean to us!

by Anonymousreply 1912/04/2012

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!

by Anonymousreply 2012/04/2012

No Andre Gide in this list?

by Anonymousreply 2112/04/2012

D'oh there it is! Seriously underrated novelist in my opinion.

by Anonymousreply 2212/04/2012

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.


by Anonymousreply 2312/04/2012

*if i had

by Anonymousreply 2412/04/2012

'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 Anonymousreply 2512/04/2012

There are no women in this list. What happened to Madame de Stael, George Sand, Colette and Marguerite Yourcenar?

by Anonymousreply 2612/04/2012

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...

by Anonymousreply 2712/04/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2812/04/2012

Were "The Adventures of Tin-Tin" written in French?

by Anonymousreply 2912/04/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3012/04/2012

de Sade

by Anonymousreply 3112/04/2012

R31 hehehehe!

by Anonymousreply 3212/04/2012


by Anonymousreply 3312/04/2012

Anatole France

by Anonymousreply 3412/04/2012

Ask Dubya...he knows ALL about KA-MOO.

by Anonymousreply 3512/04/2012

Michel Tremblay

by Anonymousreply 3612/04/2012

We are interested in French, not francophone authors. Otherwise we'd have to consider Anne Hebert and Hubert Aquin.

by Anonymousreply 3712/04/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3812/04/2012
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