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The Diary of a Chambermaid by Octave Mirbeau
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The Diary of a Chambermaid (1900)

by Octave Mirbeau

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> On se rappelle du sublime Journal d'une femme de chambre de Luis Bunuel, dont le personnage était lumineusement interprété par Jeanne Moreau. On a un peu vite oublié peut-être que le film était une adaptation, après celle de Renoir, d'un livre non moins remarquable d'Octave Mirbeau, publié en 1900. Ce journal d'une femme de chambre est celui de Célestine, au Mesnil-Roy, en Normandie. Elle est nouvellement engagée, acceptant la place dans l'espoir de se reposer des turbulences parisiennes. Les événements ne manqueront pas pour colorier son quotidien. Un quotidien qu'elle consigne avec "toute la franchise qui est en elle et quand il le faut toute la brutalité qui est dans la vie". C'est donc là un journal de femme en province, au bas de l'échelle sociale, et le prétexte pour Mirbeau de brosser au scalpel une étonnante galerie de portraits, dans une violente satire des moeurs provinciales et parisiennes de la Belle Époque. Autopsie de la bonne bourgeoisie, ce Journal dresse en petites touches, parfois en larges aplats, les travers d'une humanité mesquine, hypocrite, et condamne tous les débordements nationalistes et antisémites. Le roman connut un vif succès à sa parution, il est aussi le plus célèbre de Mirbeau. --Céline Darner, Amazon.fr

> Par Adrian (Laculturegenerale.com) : Les 150 classiques de la littérature française qu’il faut avoir lus !
07/05/2017 - Un livre transposé de nombreuses fois au théâtre et au cinéma (Renoir, Buñuel…), mais un collégien ou un lycéen pourrait passer à côté sans jamais en avoir entendu parler. Pourtant, Mirbeau est un auteur révolté, qui met toute sa verve au service de la dénonciation des antagonismes sociaux, ici entre maîtres et domestiques.
  Joop-le-philosophe | Jan 27, 2019 |
Siamo in Francia, nel 1900 e questo libro è uno spaccato dell'epoca..Dove Celestine
racconta,anche in modo divertente, attraverso pagine deliziose e spudoratamente sincere
quello che era il suo rapporto con i suoi datori di lavoro,
dove spesso queste povere cameriere venivano scelte come
merce in vendita, subivano angherie e dovevano sottomettersi al volere
dei loro padroni. Tra malizie, misfatti , perversioni quella era la società di allora...
Celestine, protagonista memorabile... ( )
  Sally68 | May 9, 2018 |
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Written as a satire of Parisian society in the wake of the Dreyfus Affair, this novel was dismissed prurient critics of the time as pornography. Mirbeau brings a journalist's analytical eye to the chambermaid Celestine's adventures as she loses her innocence and becomes as corrupt and depraved as the men who exploit her. Realistic and compelling, the story has attracted the attention of many artists, including Jean Renoir and Luis Brunel, who filmed it; and it has been compared with Fanny Hill and the Marquis de Sade's Justine and Juliette.

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One of the most scandalous books of its era, the classic erotic novel "The Diary of a Chambermaid" was the inspiration for not one but two films-- by Jean Renoir and by Luis Buñ uel. Penned by the infamous anarchist and art critic Octave Mirbeau, it is the shocking, titillating, and pungently satiric tale of Cé lestine R., the daughter of a fisherman, and her sensuous adventures and ultimate debasement in the depraved world of the French nobility. A masterwork of erotica, it has been compared to Fanny Hill and the Marquis de Sade's "Justine" in its unabashed depiction of human licentiousness-- demonstrating, in Cé lestine's own words, how ""when one tears away the veils and shows them naked, people's souls give off such a pungent smell of decay.""… (more)

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