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Book Title: Un balcon en forêt|
The author of the book: Julien Gracq
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.26 MB
Edition: Librairie José Corti
Date of issue: January 1st 1989
ISBN 13: 9782714303332
Read full description of the books Un balcon en forêt:Lieutenant Grange is one of those poor dreamers- like Walser, like Pessoa, like Eugene Eyestones even- who have realized that happiness is the desire to be nothing, but who have been called by circumstances to be something; in Grange’s case, this something is a watchman in an enchanted forest above a world caught in a reverberating hesitation, anticipating a leap into complete catastrophe. Grange the Dreamer finds himself alone on a train in the autumn of 1939 being taken deep into the Ardennes Forest along the French-Belgian border; but where he ends up exactly we might better call the garden of Klingsor’s magic castle (or we could as easily name it the Arden of “As You Like It”, or Poe’s “Domain of Arnheim”: ”The garden like a lady fair was cut, that lay as if she slumbered in delight, and to the open skies her eyes did shut. The azure fields of Heaven were 'sembled right in a large round, set with the flowers of light. The flowers de luce, and the round sparks of dew that hung upon their azure leaves did shew like twinkling stars that sparkle in the evening blue.”)- and our good lieutenant is even given, through the logic-blessing of a dream, his own Kundry. Mona she is called, the wood-spirit, rain-nymph, naiad. So Grange the Lonely finds himself utterly at home, with his three vague comrades and his mythic lover and his domain of magic woods that weep rain and bestow ancient light and exhale air that is scented with the timeless incense of lavender, wisteria, moss and leaf-fall. Snowfall throughout that empty winter only adds to the cloistered atmosphere of reverie. Only one road must be watched; only one inevitability delayed as the winter passes; as Spring approaches and our dreamer is ever more unsettled from his idyl by encroaching lights and thunder emanating from the valleys- an inhuman metallic clamor that vibrates the forest- he finds himself conjuring ways to deny the manifest truth that the cruel world doesn’t let dreamers sleep forever. One must wake, and awakening is signaled by disturbances in the dream; bright fissures are rent in the dream-substance; the illogical reality conjured in slumbering quickly becomes unstitched; the world a sleeping mind weaves is invariably unwoven- for there are no pleasant dreams without the tyrannical orders of the waking world with which to compare them. A mythic forest, by definition unreal, must also be indifferent to human beings- eternity doesn’t bother itself with trifles- and Grange is but a reclusive watchman on this magic mountain during this staggeringly brief period of months closing shut like the jaws of a wolf devouring a faun. We dreamers here alive now know what happened in the Spring of 1940. The Phony War proved to be as phony and insubstantial as the flitting pictures projected onto a movie screen once the house lights have come up. Oh but to remain asleep and dream through the horrors of history. Oh to lie with our lovely nymph through all the bitter tears of time. To be Parsifal, who stops the spear in mid-flight before it strikes and releases our dear Kundry, dove now, freely into the bright air.
Read information about the authorJulien Gracq (27 July 1910 – 22 December 2007), born Louis Poirier in St.-Florent-le-Vieil, in the French "département" of Maine-et-Loire, was a French writer. He wrote novels, critiques, a play, and poetry. His literary works were noted for their Surrealism.
Gracq first studied in Paris at the Lycée Henri IV, where he earned his baccalauréat. He then entered the École Normale Supérieure in 1930, later studying at the École libre des sciences politiques.
In 1932, he read André Breton's Nadja, which deeply influenced him. His first novel, The Castle of Argol is dedicated to that surrealist writer, to whom he devoted a whole book in 1948.
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