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Nancy Huston

Author of Fault Lines

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Works by Nancy Huston

Fault Lines (2006) 733 copies
The Mark of the Angel (1998) 435 copies
Sweet Agony (2001) 150 copies
Instruments of Darkness (1996) 138 copies
Slow Emergencies (1996) 104 copies
An Adoration (2003) 88 copies
Plainsong (1993) 87 copies
The Goldberg Variations (1981) 62 copies
Prodigy: A novella (2001) 61 copies
Infrarouge (2010) 59 copies
The Tale-tellers (2008) 39 copies
Journal de la creation (1990) 37 copies
Black Dance (2013) 36 copies
Professeurs de désespoir (2004) 30 copies
Story of Omaya (1987) 15 copies
Jocaste reine (2009) 14 copies
Tombeau de Romain Gary (1995) 14 copies
Trois fois septembre (1989) 14 copies
Arbre de l'oubli (2021) 13 copies
Henri Heine (2015) 12 copies
Ultraviolet (2011) 10 copies
Passions d'Annie Leclerc (2007) 7 copies
Agir Ölüm (2003) 3 copies
Visages de l'aube (2001) 3 copies
Les sphinx (2006) 3 copies
Francia (2024) 3 copies
Plus de saisons ! (2014) 2 copies
Mixité(s) (2007) 2 copies
Reine du réel (2022) 1 copy
Rasjedi (2010) 1 copy
Melegin Izi (2015) 1 copy
Les Souliers d'or (1998) 1 copy
Naissance d'une jungle (2017) 1 copy
Françoise Pétrovitch (2014) 1 copy
La fille poilue (2016) 1 copy
Poser nue (2011) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Book of Atheist Spirituality (2006) — Translator, some editions — 573 copies
La Bible (1990) — Preface — 25 copies
Lectures de Romain Gary (2011) — Contributor — 8 copies
The New Salmagundi Reader (1996) — Contributor — 3 copies
Hebbes 2 : 15 smaakmakers voor het voorjaar — Contributor — 3 copies


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Set in late 1950s Paris, a city still somewhat traumatised by its WWII experiences, this is the story of Saffie, a somewhat inscrutable young Swiss woman who applies to me the maid of a successful flautist Raphael. Bewitched by her strange remoteness, he marries her, and they have a child together, despite their distant, cool relationship. And then she meets Andras, who enters the story to repair Raphael's flute. This is their story, and the story of the bloody Algerian conflict tearing Paris apart at the time. It's the story of Jews in France, and it's a dramatic and tragic story: one illustrating how much our lives, however we might wish it otherwise, are shaped by external events. I liked Huston's arch, yet confiding and conversational tone, and was engaged by it to the very end.… (more)
Margaret09 | 16 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
These essays struck a chord with me as I am in much the same situation as Nancy Huston, with two "first" languages. I can't tell you if I'm more comfortable in French or in English. It's always hard for me to answer the question "what is your mother tongue", because really, both languages are at the same level.
lacurieuse | 1 other review | Nov 11, 2021 |
An extraordinary book about innocence. A young German woman, Saffie, takes on the job of housekeeper for a Parisian Flautist twelve years after the end of WWII. Her reserve combines with a submissiveness that shocks, yet appeals to, Raphael. In short order he marries her, looking for the ideal married life. His blindness to reality keeps him in the dark while she finds a lover, Andras, a Hungarian Jew, and lives a double life.

Saffie is intent on making a normal life for herself after suffering the loss of her family in the war, and only after much time is she able to talk at all about what she remembers. Andras is caught up in the Algerian war for independence from France, which is brought home to Algerians living in Paris in a horrifying way. He joins a resistance movement and can't comprehend Saffie's lack of sight. Raphael is not exactly oblivious to the atrocities committed by his own countrymen while he plays his flute sublimely, but he justifies his lack of a response by pointing to the music he makes.

In the end, who is innocent? Now or then? Beautifully written, often sad but with wit that made me smile, this novel brings the Algerian-French war to the forefront without forcing us to choke on it - although perhaps we should.
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slojudy | 16 other reviews | Sep 8, 2020 |
Paula’s grandfather has just died. As she goes through some of his journals/writings, she tries to piece together his life.

I think the story was fine, but I didn’t like the way it was written. No chapters, no dialogue. I don’t think this part really bothered me, but, as an fyi, it was written like Paula was talking to her grandfather in what she wrote, using “you”. It also jumps around in time, constantly back and forth, which is something that normally doesn’t bother me, but there seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the jumping around, so I didn’t like the way it was done in this book. I did like the history covered in the book (it was set in Alberta and much of it in my city, Calgary). I did not like the person her grandfather was (or who Paula thought she was or who she wrote him to be) – he was a horrible person!… (more)
LibraryCin | 2 other reviews | Oct 29, 2017 |



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