Allègement by Hubert Lucot

By Hubert Lucot

Commencée dans l. a. nostalgie, l'année 2006-2007 assène deux coups durs au narrateur. L'un était imprévisible : son épouse et héroïne A.M. subit un bad coincidence. L'autre était calculé : les Français élisent un président qui appliquera un ultralibéralisme meurtrier. Dans les deux cas, le narrateur peint les faits plus qu'il ne les examine. Les coulées de peinture le mènent à saisir un substrat qu'on dira «l'être et le temps».

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Dreamtigers (1960) and The Book of Imaginary Beings (1967) almost erase the distinctions between prose and poetry. Though he later repudiated it, he is credited with establishing in South America the modernist Ultraist movement, a rebellion against the decadence of the established writers of the Generation of ’98. NOvEL: TERMS AND CONCEPTS Some of the categories into which novels are placed overlap. The first two terms, for example, are variations of each other and may be used more or less interchangably.

These will reveal not only the special artistry and techniques they have mastered, but also the spirit of the age in which they live and their approach to life. Romanticism The Romantic movement in European literature is usually associated with those 22 | Prose: Literary Terms and Concepts social and philosophical trends that prepared the way for the French Revolution, which began in 1789. The somewhat subjective, anti-rational, emotional currents of romanticism transformed intellectual life in the revolutionary and Napoleonic periods and remained potent for a great part of the 19th century.

The ability to perform a quixotic act anteceded Don Quixote, just as bovarysme existed before Flaubert found a name for it. But the desire to give a work of fiction a significance beyond that of the mere story is frequently conscious and deliberate, indeed sometimes the primary aim. When a novel—like Joyce’s Ulysses, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Lavinia (2008), or Anthony Burgess’s Vision of Battlements (1965)—is based on an existing classical myth, there is an intention of either ennobling a lowly subject matter, satirizing a debased set of values by referring them to a heroic age, or merely providing a basic structure to hold down a complex and, as it were, centrifugal picture of real life.

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