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Imaginary lives

Author: Marcel Schwob; Chris Clarke, (Translator)
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Wakefield Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Wakefield galleries, 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Imaginary Lives remains, over 120 years since its original publication in French, one of the secret keys to modern literature: under-recognized, yet a decisive influence on such writers as Apollinaire, Borges, Jarry and Artaud, and more contemporary authors such as Roberto Bolaño and Jean Echenoz. Drawing from historical influences such as Plutarch and Diogenes Laërtius, and authors more contemporary to him such as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marcel Schwob; Chris Clarke, (Translator)
ISBN: 9781939663344 1939663342
OCLC Number: 1033620991
Language Note: Translated to English from French.
Notes: Translation of: Vies imaginaires.
Description: vi, 185 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Wakefield galleries, 3.
Other Titles: Vies imaginaires.
Responsibility: Marcel Schwob ; translated by Chris Clarke.

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Imaginary Lives remains, over 120 years since its original publication in French, one of the secret keys to modern literature: under-recognized, yet a decisive influence on such writers as Apollinaire, Borges, Jarry and Artaud, and more contemporary authors such as Roberto Bolaño and Jean Echenoz. Drawing from historical influences such as Plutarch and Diogenes Laërtius, and authors more contemporary to him such as Thomas De Quincey and Walter Pater, Schwob established the genre of fictional biography with this collection: a form of narrative that championed the specificity of the individual over the generality of history, and the memorable detail of a vice over the forgettable banality of a virtue. Imaginary Lives remains, over 120 years since its original publication in French, one of the secret keys to modern literature: under-recognized, yet a decisive influence on such writers as Apollinaire, Borges, Jarry and Artaud, and more contemporary authors such as Roberto Bolaño and Jean Echenoz. Drawing from historical influences such as Plutarch and Diogenes Laërtius, and authors more contemporary to him such as Thomas De Quincey and Walter Pater, Schwob established the genre of fictional biography with this collection: a form of narrative that championed the specificity of the individual over the generality of history, and the memorable detail of a vice over the forgettable banality of a virtue.--Amazon.prime.

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