The Round & Other Cold Hard Facts

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U of Nebraska Press, 2002 - Fiction - 214 pages
6 Reviews

Set largely in locations near the French Riviera, these eleven short stories depict the harsh realities of life for the less-privileged inhabitants of this very privileged region. Distinguished French writer J. M. G. Le Cl‰zio lends his voice to the dispossessed and explores his familiar themes of alienation, immigration, poverty, violence, indifference, the loss of beauty, and the betrayal of innocence.

In one story an adolescent girl encounters the violence of a gang of masked bikers in a hostile and desolate housing project. In others a man stands by helplessly as a place of great beauty and deep childhood memory is slowly consumed and destroyed by a quickly developing city, an illegal immigrant desperate for work finds himself the prisoner of a ring trafficking in human beings, and two girls risk everything by running away from home and their dead-end factory jobs in search of a more meaningful life. At once tragic and evocative, these engrossing and beautifully crafted stories touch upon the loss of human values in a rapidly changing world.

  

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Review: The Round and Other Cold Hard Facts

User Review  - Jesse K - Goodreads

This was definitely one of Le Clezio's less chipper books. His older more experimental stuff was technically more bleak, but the grandiose nature of the prose and tack of specificity kind of made up ... Read full review

Review: The Round and Other Cold Hard Facts

User Review  - Tuck - Goodreads

nobel prize winner 2008 all it seems is lost and death by grisly ends is in store. No? well, yes then. Read full review

Contents

Moloch
15
The Escapee
39
Ariadne
65
Villa Aurora
81
Annes Game
101
The Great Life
113
The Runner
145
O Thief What Is the Life You Lead?
169
Yondaland
179
David
191
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About the author (2002)

Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, J. M. G. Le Cl‰zio was born in Nice in 1940 and is one of France?s best-known contemporary writers. He has published more than thirty novels and nonfiction works. In the course of the last four decades Le Cl‰zio has won numerous prizes, including the Prix Renaudot for his first novel. His works have been translated into many languages.

C. Dickson is a translator living in France. Her translations include Shams Nadir's The Astrolabe of the Sea and Mohammad Dib's The Savage Night (Nebraska 2001).

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