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Do You Hear Them? (Coleman Dowell French Literature) [Paperback]

Nathalie Sarraute , Maria Jolas

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25 Sep 2009 Coleman Dowell French Literature
The setting of Nathalie Sarraute's Do You Hear Them? is a dinner conversation between a father and his old friend about a recently acquired pre-Columbian statue. As they discuss the merits of the piece and art in general, the father hears his children upstairs giggling. This childish mirth is barbaric and devastating to the father, for in their laughter he hears them mocking his "old-fashioned" viewpoint and the energy he wastes by collecting lifeless objects. In his mind, they have no respect for what has been of greatest importance in his life.

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"I believe that by allowing us to sense an intangible
authenticity, by showing us the constant coming and going from the
particular to the general, by tenaciously depicting the reassuring dreary
world of the unauthentic, she has achieved a technique which makes it
possible to attain over and beyond the psychological, human reality in its
very existence."
-- Jean-Paul Sartre --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Robert Coleman Dowell was an American writer.

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I would definitely recommend this book. Nathalie Sarraute is an excellent author and this book is one of the best of hers I've read.
Anyone who likes Nathalie Sarraute, or French Literature, should read this book.
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