NABOKV-L post 0011752, Tue, 30 Aug 2005 15:30:48 -0700

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Dear Don,

I should add that Houellebecq claimed that he was the best French writer;
somewhat overconfident to say the least.

Best,

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Alain ANDREU
Laboratoire de Biologie Médicale
Institut Louis Malardé
B.P. 30 PAPEETE- TAHITI


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-----Original Message-----
From: "Donald B. Johnson" <chtodel@gss.ucsb.edu>
To: NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 16:52:06 -0700
Subject: Fwd: Re: French novelist Houellbech on VN

> Dear Don,
> Your correspondent is unable to understand why Michel
> Houellebecq is France's 'best known French writer
> world-wide'. Perhaps I can help. In common with most
> media and much popular culture, Houellebecq's method
> trades on banality, informational glitter and the
> stylishly sentimental. He is unwavering, almost
> heroic, in his focus on the dull and uneventful, be it
> casual death, onanistic sex, beach scenes in tropical
> resorts or office politics. He is one of the few
> contemporary writers to use (without embarrassment)
> the Internet as source for his novels' philosophical
> gestures and moral lessons. His language is enormously
> easy on the eye and staggeringly uninteresting. (See
> Martin Amis's _Yellow Dog_ for a belle lettrist
> version of the same.) He is not in the least bit
> complex, clever or unreadable. This is why Houellebecq
> is France's best known French writer world-wide.
> Thousands buy into his work without any sense of
> inadequacy or threat.
> Best wishes,
> Piers Smith
>
> --- "D. Barton Johnson" <chtodel@cox.net> wrote:
>
> > EDNOTE Maurice Couturier is the leading French
> > Nabokov scholar and editor of
> > the Pleiade edition of VN.
> > ----------------------
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: <ms.couturier@tiscali.fr>
> > To: "Chtodel" <Chtodel@cox.net>
> > Sent: Monday, August 29, 2005 7:57 AM
> > Subject: re Houellbech
> >
> >
> > Dear Don,
> > >Michel Houellbech, the notorious French novelist
> > who is apparently the
> > >best-known French writer world-wide (for reasons
> > that I can't understand)
> > >is publishing another novel entitled "La
> > Possibilité d'une île" (a bad
> > >novel, judging
> > from the exerpts I have read) in which he considers
> > Nabokov as a "mediocre
> > and affected pseudo poet". Almost a compliment
> > coming from a writer like
> > him.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Maurice
> >
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