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This e-book indicates how a lot the traces proceed to blur among modern fiction and nonfiction. during this assortment, Michon, winner of the Prix France tradition Award, reconstructs the lives of 5 artists: Goya, Lorraine, Watteau, della Francesca, and Van Gogh. (One can't aid ask yourself why he selected brief fiction over biography. ) Michon's prose is sensual, yet those tales are typically descriptive instead of narrative. One longs for extra motion, much less cafe speak. nonetheless, Michon has a knack for taking pictures the why of paintings: "what portray skill, is to toil like a galley slave at the sea, with that furor, with that helplessness. " Michon breathes lifestyles into Van Gogh's postman and has him sing for the artist in Arles. There's a superb scene the place della Francesca accepts a small pig in check for a wide portray of St. Martin. With this pig, the artist celebrates carnival together with his family members. instructed for giant fiction collections. ?Doris Lynch, Monroe Cty. P. L. , Bloomington, Ind.

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Michon bargains an excellent travel de strength of 5 items approximately paintings and artists: a frequently indescribably eloquent sleek taking on the place Vasari, say, may need left off. the existing temper is depression, albeit within the provider of the top goals. ``Trust this Sign,'' is ready the near-unknown Lorentino within the Quattrocento, who did in truth obtain from Vasari just a couple of traces in regards to the ``miracle'' of a farmer, while Lorentino's kinfolk was once ravenous, showing to provide a pig in trade for the portray of a saint. And the ensuing masterpiece? It hung in a rustic church, by no means obvious via somebody influential, was once later put sooner than a gap within the wall, and used to be diminished gradually--to airborne dirt and dust. somewhat much less attractive yet both attuned to the nuances and uncooked info of its time is Michon's research of the standard Goya's lifestyles in a fiercely class-bound Spain; and an analogous is correct of the high quality yet sincerely least formidable, ``The King of the Wood,'' within which an illiterate boy herds pigs and sheep--until Claude Lorraine adopts him as a disciple, elevating him to a princely caste. with out query, even though, one of many really nice items this is the wrenching ``. . . Io mi voglio divertir,'' in regards to the passionate lifetime of Watteau, who sought after the affection of all ladies yet died at 38 (in 1721) racked by way of consumption--watching stacks of his personal erotic work, through his personal command, being burned. such a lot breathtaking, although, is ``The lifetime of Joseph Roulin,'' the postman who knew, and was once painted by means of, Van Gogh, an easy guy who got here to appreciate that Van Gogh was once ``someone who had believed so devotedly during this concept [of artwork] that he had turn into concept himself, ascended to nearly an analogous peak, and died of it. '' Stylistically hard, yet a e-book frequently as passionate, attractive, and expert because the work it springs from. --

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About the Author
Pierre Michon is an writer of excessive acclaim in France and Europe. He used to be winner of the Prix France tradition in 1984 for his first booklet, Small Lives, and of the 1996 Prix de l. a. Ville de Paris for his physique of labor. He lives in France. Wyatt Mason, a contributing author for the hot York instances journal and a contributing editor at Harper's, has translated writing by way of Pierre Michon, Eric Chevillard, Michel de Montaigne, and Arthur Rimbaud. He teaches at Bard collage.

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Var flat hit fyrsta fleira verk at gera hof flat er sæti fleira standa í, tólf ƒnnur en hasætit flat er Alfƒ›r á. fiat hús er bezt gert á jƒr›u ok mest. Allt er flat útan ok innan svá sem gull eitt. Í fleim sta› kalla menn Gla›sheim. Annan sal ger›u fleir, flat var hƒrgr er gy›jurnar áttu, ok var hann allfagr. fiat hús kalla menn Vingólf. fiar næst ger›u fleir flat at fleir lƒg›u afla ok flar til ger›u fleir hamar ok tƒng ok ste›ja ok fla›an af ƒll tól ƒnnur. Ok flví næst smí›u›u fleir málm ok stein ok tré, ok svá gnógliga flann málm er gull heitir at ƒll búsgƒgn ok ƒll rei›igƒgn hƒf›u fleir af gulli, ok er sú ƒld kƒllu› gullaldr, á›r en spiltisk af tilkvámu kvennanna.

Hár segir: ‘Margir sta›ir eru flar gƒfugligir. Sá er einn sta›r flar er kalla›r er Álfheimr. fiar byggvir fólk flat er ljósálfar heita, en døkkálfar búa ni›ri í jƒr›u, ok eru fleir ólíkir fleim s‡num en myklu ólíkari reyndum. Ljósálfar eru fegri en sól s‡num, en døkkálfar eru svartari en bik. fiar er einn sá sta›r er Brei›ablik er kalla›r, ok engi er flar fegri sta›r. fiar er ok sá er Glitnir heitir, ok 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 17 33 36 39 Gylfaginning 20 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 18 27 30 33 36 eru veggir hans ok ste›r ok stólpar af rau›u gulli, en flak hans af silfri.

Svá segir í Grímnismálum: Fimm hundra› gólfa ok um fjórum tøgum, svá hygg ek Bilskirni me› bugum. Ranna fleira er ek ræfr vita, míns veit ek mest magar. Gylfaginning 23 fiórr á hafra tvá er svá heita: Tanngnjóstr ok Tanngrisnir; ok rei› flá er hann ekr, en hafrarnir draga rei›na. fiví er hann kalla›r ¯kuflórr. Hann á ok flrjá kostgripi. Einn fleira er hamarrinn Mjƒllnir er hrímflursar ok bergrisar kenna flá er hann kemr á lopt, ok er flat eigi undarligt: hann hefir lamit margan haus á fe›rum e›a frændum fleira.

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