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Herv Bazin, the "Novelist of the Family or of the Bourgeoisie"
A craftsman of writing, but a gifted craftsman, Herv Bazin leaves behind
books that reflect our time. A reflection sometimes - often - squeaky,
critical, and which is interspersed with brilliant passages, of a stylist
recognized from his entry into literature."
Who thus defined the profession of writer: ""Noble term whose first syllable
is beautifully conjunctive, the second of which conforms to the Sartrean
definition (one writes to alert), but the last of which is very detrimental to
the preceding ones." "
Portrait of an arsonist, L'Huile sur le feu is one of the most beautiful
and moving novels of the great writer Herv Bazin."In a small French village
between the two wars, an arsonist is rampant. A courageous man, a volunteer
firefighter, stands up against the fire he spreads. This hero, so appreciated
by his fellows knows a daily hell within his family. Having suffered a serious
burn during the war, he must endure the hateful coldness of his wife whom her
appearance disgusts and who does everything to drive him mad. But he does not
want to part with her and suffers her wrath day after day. He fights against
fire, fights against his wife, fights against himself. His only support, his
daughter, is at the center of this tragedy and reveals the plot to us "
Editions Bernard GrassetCollection the Green Notebooks n 231954Original Edition
Format 12 * 19cm, 331pOne of 162 copies on pure Lafuma vellum
Superb semi-morocco binding with bandsStylized golden backBlankets not kept
Very beautiful work
slightly sunken back
mini back rub
Herve Bazin, his birth name Jean, Pierre, Marie HERV-BAZIN, born the 17
commune where he died on 17
is a writer
known in particular for his
autobiographical novels (Fist viper
The Death of the Little
Horse and Owl cry
In 1954, he wanted to testify, following his personal experience, of the
deplorable state of psychiatric establishments (which for him had not changed
since his family quarrels in 1940), and undertook a tour of France of these
hospitals ( among others the Pasteur hospice in Poitiers
accompanied by the photographer
survey to be
published in the journal Realities of January 1955.
In 1957, he obtained the Monaco Grand Prize for Literature
He is elected member of theGoncourt Academy
in 1960, under cover of
Francis Carco . He became
president in 1973 and contributed to the development of Goncourt prize for high
school students .
Politically, he enlisted in 1949 in the Peace movement
an extreme left movement
close to the Communist Party
he joined to
oppose his family which belongs to the bourgeois and conservative right. He
supports the spouses Rosenberg
during their trial.
He got the Lenin Peace Prize
in 1980, which
made jokingly say Roger peyrefitte
Herv Bazin had two prizes
which were : the Lenin Peace Prize and the black humor award
Herv Bazin is considered to be " a family novelist , Central theme of all his
novels. However, his view of the traditional family is very negative and
destructive there, in accordance with his personal ideas.
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