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Title: « C'est la vie qui exagère » : quelques remarques à propos de la mort de Balzac dans « La 628- E8 » d'Octave Mirbeau
Other Titles: "It is life that exaggerates": some remarks on Balzac's death in Octave Mirbeau's novel La 628-E8
Authors: Vareille, Arnaud
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Citation: Studia Romanica Posnaniensia, 2005, vol. 32, pp. 185-194
Abstract: In the novel La 628-E8 declaring his disgust with art, as if looking for a confirmation of his feeling, Octave Mirbeau dedicates three subchapters of his work to Balzac, in order to create a biography, taking into account only the figure of the writer as a man, leaving out his oeuvre. But while the text seems to be a farewell with literature and with its effect of artificiality, praising the virtues of the text-document containing elements which are exclusively the author's own, a fragment which describes Balzac's death makes the word emerge in all its complexity: the word as an evidence of reality or as an invention. Thus, through its nature of elusiveness, it becomes a reconciliation between literature and life.
ISBN: 978-83-232-2145-6
ISSN: 0137-2475
Appears in Collections:Studia Romanica Posnaniensia, 2005, vol. 32

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