Tropisms

Nathalie Sarraute (Author) Maria Jolas (Translator)
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Description

Nathalie Sarraute's Tropisms is considered one of the defining texts of the nouveau roman movement. Tropisms was championed as a masterpiece by Jean Genet, Marguerite Duras, and Jean-Paul Sartre, who hailed Sarraute as his favorite "anti-novelist." Sarraute defined her Tropisms as the "movements that are hidden under the commonplace, seemingly harmless instances of our everyday lives." Like figures in a grainy and shadowy photo, the characters in Tropisms are barely defined, the narrative never developed beyond a stressed moment. Instead, Sarraute brilliantly highlights the shift in tone through remarks or subtle details when a relationship changes, when we fall slightly deeper into or begin to emerge out of love or trust, or when something innocent tilts by the smallest degree toward suspicion."

Product Details

Price
$10.95  $10.07
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
November 09, 2015
Pages
96
Dimensions
4.3 X 0.3 X 6.8 inches | 0.13 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811222761
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About the Author

Nathalie Sarraute (1900 99) was a French novelist, essayist, dramatist, and critic. Her works have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Reviews

Sarraute shows us in small immediate moves how a person can be pushed toward marriage or murder.
The book has such intensity that it feels imperative...Her work is immersive and consuming; when you look up from the page you see and feel the world differently.--Pasha Malla
Sarraute has cracked open the 'smooth and hard' surface of the traditional characters in order to discover the endless vibrations of moods and sentiments, the tremors of a never-ending series of earthquakes in the microcosm of the self.--Hannah Arendt
Sarraute's novels are as witty and formally exact as anything of the kind ever written in French.
Tropisms--something like 'prose poems'--as Sarraute calls them that--this is her form! Her texture is anti-novelistic, though she's decided to write 'novels' and launched an important critique of the novel on the basis of her method.--Susan Sontag