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DescriptionA slim but powerful work of metafiction by a Nobel Prize-winning French writer and intellectual. André Gide is the inventor of modern metafiction and of autofiction, and his short novel Marshlands shows him handling both forms with a deft and delightful touch. The protagonist of Marshlands is a writer who is writing "Marshlands," which is about a reclusive character who lives all alone in a stone tower. The narrator, by contrast, is anything but a recluse: He is an indefatigable social butterfly, flitting about the Paris literary world and always talking about, what else, the wonderful book he is writing--Marshlands. He tells his friends about the book, and they tell him what they think, which is not exactly flattering, and of course those responses become part of the book in the reader's hand. Marshlands is both a poised satire of literary pretension and a superb literary invention, and Damion Searls's new translation of this early masterwork by one of the key figures of twentieth-century literature brings out all the sparkle of the original.
New York Review of Books
December 08, 2020
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About the Author
André Gide (1869-1951) was a prolific author of novels, short stories, poetry, plays, travel writing, and autobiography. Though he entered the world of letters as a prominent figure in the symbolist movement, Gide later turned toward a more confessional and exploratory form, ruminating on questions of morality, sexuality, religion, and the nature of the self in his work. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947. Damion Searls is the author of The Philosophy of Translation, forthcoming in 2020. He has previously collaborated with Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon on Friedrich Nietzsche's Anti-Education and has translated some forty books, including, for NYRB Classics, works by Patrick Modiano, Uwe Johnson, Alfred Döblin, Nescio, and Robert Walser. Dubravka Ugresic is the author of several works of fiction and collections of essays, including Karaoke Culture, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and Age of Skin, which is forthcoming in 2020. In 2016, she received the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (the "American Nobel") for her body of work. She lives in the Netherlands.