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Sunday of Life by Raymond Queneau

Sunday of Life (original 1952; edition 1977)

by Raymond Queneau

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The Sunday of Life (Le Dimanche de la vie), the late Raymond Queneau's tenth novel, was first published in French by Gallimard in 1951 and is now appearing for the first time in this country, in a translation by Barbara Wright. Critics are universally agreed that it and the later Zazie dans le metro (1959) show Queneau at his zaniest and most cheerful, and it is not surprising that both these novels have been made into popular and successful films. But as always with Queneau, beneath the apparent absurdities of plot and the bumbling of his rather ordinary characters, there is a precision of structure and purpose that, ironically enough, places the work of this earliest of new-wave novelists squarely in the tradition of the eighteenth-century roman philosophique. In the ingenuous ex-Private Valentin Bru, the central figure in The Sunday of Life, Queneau has created that oddity in modern fiction, the Hegelian naif. Highly self-conscious yet reasonably satisfied with his lot, imbued with the good humor inherent in the naturally wise, Valentin meets the painful nonsense of life's adventures with a slightly bewildered detachment. As Barbara Wright so aptly writes: Though The Sunday of Life is set in one of the most traumatic of recent periods - 1936-40, the dark years leading up to the Second World War and including the fall of France... it nevertheless does indeed manage to be one of Queneau's happiest, sunniest, and most undated novels: it far transcends anything like a mere chronicle of times." "… (more)
Title:Sunday of Life
Authors:Raymond Queneau
Info:New Directions (1977), Paperback
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The Sunday of Life by Raymond Queneau (1952)



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« L'œil inconsciemment gris-bleu, la molletière galamment embobinée avec inconscience, le soldat Brû promenait naïvement avec lui tout ce qu'il fallait pour plaire à une demoiselle ni tout à fait jeune ni tout à fait demoiselle. Il ne savait pas.
Julia pinça le bras de sa sœur Chantal et dit :
- Le v'là.
Tapies derrière un entassement brut de bobines et de boutons, elles le regardèrent passer, muettes. »
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