Thursday, October 9, 2008

French Nobel

J.-M. Le Clézio has won the Nobel Prize for literature.

The earlier award for medicine to Luc Montagnier and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi has already aroused some controversy.

5 comments:

kirkmc said...

Interestingly, after the hubbub by the Swedes about American literature not being "cosmopolitan" enough, they vote for a Frenchman who lives in the US...

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Kirk,
Le Clézio is virtually unknown in the US, however, which may serve to underscore our parochialism. That said, I'm not all that keen on Le Clézio myself, though I haven't read all his work. Any suggestions from readers about what gaps I should fill in?

kirkmc said...

I have the same question. I only tried to read one of his books back around 1990, when I was working in a bookstore. I didn't get very far; I recall it as being quite vague...

Kirk

yabonn said...

I read "Desert" long ago, and liked it.

But note that if the "vagueness" of it annoyed you then, I think maybe you'd better give up on the author.

kirkmc said...

A literary blog I follow has posted a bunch of excerpts from reviews of Le Clézio (in English):

http://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/200810a.htm#hi6

As for the vagueness, yes, I think he may not for me. I'll try again, but I recall being quite confused. Not that I have anything against vagueness - one of my favorite authors is Henry James - but the book I read didn't seem interesting at all.

Kirk