Battre le campagne

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Gallimard, 1968 - Fiction - 213 pages
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Contents

Lusure
7
Les trompettes de la mort
20
A tout vent
32
Si le potiron ne meurt
38
Avec le temps
45
Changer de crémerie
51
Le voyageur et son ombre
57
Loiseau
63
Perplexité
91
Encore un paysan à la ville
101
Laggiornamento rural
114
Spirea
128
Le repos du berger
140
Vieilles histoires
153
Les animaux astronomes
166
Lécolier
176

Le soleil
64
Solide comme un roc
77
Le ond des choses
189
Le monde souterrain encore
202

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About the author (1968)

This French author of treatises on mathematics and other scholarly works has made his reputation writing comic novels. Raymond Queneau (through one of his characters) once defined humor as "an attempt to purge lofty feelings of all the baloney." Roger Shattuck interprets his philosophy: "Life is of course absurd and it is ludicrous to take it seriously; only the comic is serious." Life is so serious to Queneau that only laughter makes it bearable. He has written a play, screenplays, poetry, numerous articles, and many novels, the first of which, Le Chiendent (The Bark Tree), was published in 1933. In Exercises in Style (1947) he tells a simple anecdote 99 different ways. According to some critics, The Blue Flowers (1965) represents Queneau at his best. Its jokes, puns, double-entendres, deceptions, wild events, tricky correspondences, and bawdy language make it a feast of comic riches. The influence of Charlie Chaplin, as well as James Joyce is detectable in Queneau's fiction.

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