Gargantua

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Le Livre de poche, 1994 - Fiction - 492 pages
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Composé avant que l'Affaire des Placards d'octobre 1534 ne vienne mettre un terme à l'espoir de voir triompher les idées nouvelles, Gargantua est sans doute le plus " renaissant " des livres de notre douce renaissance. C'est le livre de tous les optimismes, celui où l'éclat de rire énorme de Rabelais liquide allégrement les Picrochole et les Jobelin bridé du vieux monde ; celui qui, grâce à Frère Jean, voit triompher l'utopie du bon prince et d'édifier l'abbaye de Thélème. C'est aussi le livre le plus personnel de Rabelais, sa version du temps retrouvé. Celui où l'écriture, haussée à la dignité d'un jeu, devient liberté. Le texte reproduit ici pour la première fois est celui de l'édition de 1535, avec les variantes de l'édition princeps de 1534 et celles de l'édition dite définitive de 1542.

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About the author (1994)

One of the leading humanist writers of the French Renaissance, Rabelais was at first a Franciscan and then a Benedictine monk, a celebrated physician and professor of anatomy, and later cure of Meudon. The works of Rabelais are filled with life to the overflowing, hence the term "Rabelaisian." His principal protagonists, Gargantua and his son, Pantagruel, are appropriately giants, not only in size, but also in spirit and action. The five books of their adventures are separate works, containing, in different measure, adventures, discussions, farcical scenes, jokes, games, satires, philosophical commentaries, and anything else that a worldly, learned man of genius such as Rabelais could pour into his work. His style is innovative and idiosyncratic, marked by humorous neologisms made up from the learned languages, Greek and Latin, side by side with the most earthy, humble, and rough words of the street and barnyard. His Gargantua, published in 1534, satirizes the traditional education of Parisian theologians and, in the Abbe de Theleme episode, recommends a free, hedonistic society of handsome young men and women in contrast to the restrictive life of monasticism. The gigantic scope of Rabelais's work also reflects the Renaissance thirst for encyclopedic knowledge.

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