Bonjour Tristesse and a Certain Smile
Bonjour Tristesse and a Certain Smile
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Biographical noteFrançoise Sagan was born in France in 1935. Bonjour tristesse (1954), published when she was just 19, became a succès de scandale and even earned its author a papal denunciation. Sagan went on to write many other novels, plays and screenplays, and died in 2004.Heather Lloyd was previously Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow, and has published work on both Bonjour tristesse and Françoise Sagan.Rachel Cusk is the author of Saving Agnes (1993), which won the Whitbread First Novel Award; A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001); and Arlington Park (2006), shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent book is Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (2012). Main descriptionSylish, shimmering and amoral, Sagan's tale of adolescence and betrayal on the French Riviera was her masterpiece, published when she was just eighteen. However, this frank and explicit novella was considered too daring for 1950s Britain, and sexual scenes were removed for the English publication. Now this fresh and accurate new translation presents the uncensored text in full for the first time.Bonjour Tristesse tells the story of Cécile, who leads a carefree life with her widowed father and his young mistresses until, one hot summer on the Riviera, he decides to remarry - with devastating consequences. In A Certain Smile, which is also included in this volume, Dominique, a young woman bored with her lover, begins an encounter with an older man that unfolds in unexpected and troubling ways.Both novellas have been freshly translated by Heather Lloyd and include an introduction by Rachel Cusk. Heather Lloyd has also written a new afterword for this edition. Françoise Sagan was born in France in 1935. Bonjour tristesse (1954), published when she was just 19, became a succès de scandale and even earned its author a papal denunciation. Sagan went on to write many other novels, plays and screenplays, and died in 2004.Heather Lloyd was previously Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow, and has published work on both Bonjour tristesse and Françoise Sagan.Rachel Cusk is the author of Saving Agnes (1993), which won the Whitbread First Novel Award; A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001); and Arlington Park (2006), shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her most recent book is Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (2012).'Funny, thoroughly immoral and thoroughly French' The Times

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  • EAN

    9780141198750

  • Disponibilité

    Épuisé

  • Longueur

    19.8 cm

  • Largeur

    12.9 cm

  • Poids

    179 g

  • Distributeur

    Side

  • Support principal

    Grand format

Françoise Sagan

Issue d'une famille de la grande bourgeoisie, Françoise Quoirez, dite Sagan, passe une enfance épargnée par les pénuries de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Les années défilent et le triomphe se profile grâce à son roman 'Bonjour tristesse', écrit à l'âge de dix-huit ans. Bien que le public et la critique soient séduits, cette oeuvre suscite la polémique. Traitant du désir sexuel d'un point de vue féminin, les remarques le concernant sont quelque peu acerbes. Françoise Sagan adopte par la suite un style de vie des plus décalés, tant sur le plan de l'avoir que de l'être. Ses oeuvres s'en inspirent et mettent en exergue l'ennui et la fuite dans l'alcool. Elle incarne une insolence et une fraîcheur qui ne peuvent que choquer les étouffantes années 1950. Tentée par la scène, elle s'essaye à quelques pièces de théâtre : 'Château en Suède', 'la Robe mauve de Valentine', 'L' Excès contraire'... Malgré le succès de ses oeuvres, elle ne reçoit que peu de prix littéraires, mais se voit tout de même décerné en 1985 le prix Monaco, qui vient saluer l'ensemble de son oeuvre. Si l'on peut toujours discuter de sa véritable place dans le panthéon littéraire, Françoise Sagan était avant tout un être vrai et libre. Elle restera dans l'histoire comme un personnage, sans doute plus important que ses livres, un mythe dont la notoriété dépasse les frontières de l'Hexagone, le totem d'une époque faite de liberté et d'insouciance.

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