The Novelist's Lexicon: Writers on the Words That Define Their Work

The Novelist's Lexicon: Writers on the Words That Define Their Work

By: Le Monde (editor), Villa Gillet (editor)Hardback

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At the renowned, international literary conference hosted by Villa Gillet and Le Monde, organizers asked more than seventy prominent authors to choose a word that opens a door to their work. Their musings, collected here for the first time, offer an extraordinary portrait of writing and reading from the novelist's perspective. Organized alphabetically by keyword, the anthology is filled with intriguing, amusing, and often surprising insight, essential to an intimate understanding of literature. Through these personal "passwords," authors articulate the function of language, character, plot, and structure. Throughout the process, they reveal their relationship to the elements of story. Jonathan Lethem discusses the necessity of "furniture" in the novel. A. S. Byatt describes the power of the narrative web. Colum McCann details the benefits of anonymity. Daniel Mendelsohn expounds on the unknowable, or what the author should or should not impart to the reader. Etgar Keret explains the importance of balagan, a Hebrew word meaning "total chaos," and Annie Proulx clarifies terroir, which embodies the complexities of time, place, geography, weather, and climate. Other participants include Rick Moody on adumbrated, Upamanyu Chatterjee on the bildungsroman, Enrique Vila-Matas on discipline, Adam Thirwell on hedonism, Nuruddin Farah on identities, Andre Brink on the heretic, and Peter Esterhazy on the power and potential of words, words, words.

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Created in 1987 by the Region Rhone Alpes, the Villa Gillet operates as a center for the study and promotion of contemporary art and thought. In collaboration with Le Monde , they organize the acclaimed festival and conference, International Forum on the Novel.


Foreword Preface A Adumbrated, by Rick Moody Aletherature, by Helene Cixous Amen, by Zeruya Shalev Anonymity, by Colum Mccann Autofiction, by Philippe Vilain Available, by Lyonel Trouillot Awareness of Banality, by Dimitri Verhulst B Balagan, by Etgar Keret The Banana Republic of Letters, by Chloe Delaume Beauty, by Robert Dessaix Bildungsroman, by Upamanyu Chatterjee Breton, by Christophe Honore Bricoleur, by Monika Fagerholm C Catin, by Jacques Henric Chaff, by Ayerdhal Cinderella, by Eric Reinhardt Creature, by Alissa York Cunnilingus, by Rikki Ducornet D Disappointment, by Nelly Arcan Discipline, by Enrique Vila-Matas Dream, by Dany Laferriere E Echappee, by Marie Desplechin Evolution, by Karen Connelly F Faire, by Christine Angot Fille, by Alain Fleischer Furniture, by Jonathan Lethem H Happiness, by Wei-Wei Harmony and Reconciliation, by Hwang Sok-Yong Hedonism, by Adam Thirlwell Heretic, by Andre Brink Honesty, by Peter Stamm I "I", by Rachid El Daif Identities, by Nuruddin Farah Wise Imagination, by Pascal Mercier India, by Tarun J. Tejpal Insomnia, by Ludmila Ulitskaya Island, by Erri De Luca L To Last, by Giuseppe Culicchia Laughter, by Tariq Ali Lies, by Adriaan Van Dis Loyalty, by Duong Thu Huong M Mariquita, by James Canon The Meaning of A Word..., by Kirsty Gunn The Strolling Mirror, by Rodrigo Fresan N No, by Olivia Rosenthal No Why, by Yannick Haenel Nomad, by Elif Shafak The Novel As Web, by A. S. Byatt Novel/Life, by James Meek What Is The Novel?, by Alaa El Aswany Novice, by Nicolas Fargues P Paralipomena, by Lydie Salvayre Pathos, by Alberto Garlini Phantom, by Ying Chen Physical, by Luc Lang Plague, by David Peace (The) Present, by Jean-Yves Cendrey R "Real", by Philippe Forest The Real, by Nicole Malinconi (Holy) Russia, by Genevieve Brisac S A Successful Sentence, by Gila Lustiger Shadow, by Elisabetta Rasy Signed D.C., by Dennis Cooper Silence, by David Albahari The Depopulated Skies, by Thomas Jonigk Suffering, by Fatos Kongoli T Terroir, by Annie Proulx U Un-, by Jonas Hassen Khemiri Unknowable, by Daniel Mendelsohn The Unreal, by Arthur Japin W Waiting/Attention, by Anne Weber Woman, by Benoite Groult The Word Word, by Leslie Kaplan "Words, Words, Words", by Peter Esterhazy Work, by Rafael Chirbes Y Yusuf, by Suhayl Saadi Z Zorby, by James Flint Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780231150804
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 168
  • ID: 9780231150804
  • ISBN10: 0231150806

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