Hommage ou provocation ? Quel statut pour les fictions biographiques de Jean Echenoz ?

Title in English Tribute or provocation? What status for Jean Echenoz's biographical fictions?


Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Kwartalnik neofilologiczny
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Jean Echenoz; biofiction; imaginary life; Jérome Lindon; Emil Zátopek; Maurice Ravel; Nikola Tesla; French contemporary novel
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Description The novels of Jean Echenoz are particularly known for their playfulness with which they deconstruct the codes of the paraliterary genres, as well as for a casualness with which he approaches the topos of the modernist novel. The production of this author of the last two decades nevertheless testifies of a new direction that slips in the biographical. Like many writers of his generation, Jean Echenoz approaches in Jérôme Lindon (2001), Ravel (2006), Courir (2008) and Des éclairs (2010) the lives of illustrious personalities of our era. We can wonder what the objective of this approach of a writer, who shows his admiration with regard to his characters, is. Is it a simple tribute or need to fill out gaps in history that we will never complete for lack of evidence to support? This paper also tries to deal with the problem of the genre of these texts that lie at the edge between fiction and factual literature.
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