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    France Marc Bernard

    I bought a book by Marc Bernard because it looked good - I love aged Gallimard editions. It had a woman's name (one I like) as a title, and it had a form of a diary with a love story at the core.

    It turned out it had little else; it was entirely the love story, and it showed it at a bizarre angle, shunning any kind of eventfullness, looking hard at love as if it were an object, a thing, a benign painful tumor. It is a 13th floor kind of book, a kind of urban space where no one ever steps, but which is undeniably there.

    I wrote the following on Goodreads:

    " There is almost nothing that really happens here. I could narrate all the events the plot contains in about six sentences. The rest is psychotorture and nature descriptions.

    I have rarely experienced such a beautiful text. "

    Clearly, I had no words. I never read anything else by Bernard. I googled and found out he was a socialist writer, and this love story was condemned by the community because it was about love. Well, never mind.

    Do you know Marc Bernard? Have you read "Anny" or anything else? I don't even know whether there is a translation of the book into English (or any other language, for that matter).

    Respectfully Yours.

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    It doesn't appear that Marc Bernard has any books in English translation. One of my regrets is that even though both of my parents spoke French (they attended to French parochial school), they never passed on the language to their children. I studied French for a year in junior high, but didn't make much progress I'm afraid.

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    In Roger Grenier's Instantanés, there's a very good chapter on Bernard, "Marc Bernard, le fils du chercheur d'or." It was so good that I went to the library and checked out a book of his, Vacances. For some reason, I returned it without finishing it, but I still remember how much I enjoyed the first chapter, which was an account of the time the young Bernard spent as a sort of apprentice at a pastry shop. When he was sent packing as a result of some misdeed, he despaired, and years later he still looked back at the incident and considered it his expulsion from paradise.

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    I heard Marc Bernard is an amazing writer, but unfortunately I don't speak French, so not able to read any of his books on my own...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilianSmith View Post
    I heard Marc Bernard is an amazing writer, but unfortunately I don't speak French, so not able to read any of his books on my own...
    He is indeed. Someone has to drop a line to NYRB probably, they like this kind of bounty hunting.

    @Bubba: thank you for the reference, I will put Instantanés on my reading list. I think at the current length of the latter Grenier should end up somewhere around Jupiter.

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    Marc Bernard was my great uncle. I've been finding out all I can about him. One of my cousins has written about him and my grandfather, his older brother, who came to the United States with his father. Here is a link to what my cousin wrote: http://journalofdoubt.net/jodwp/2010...uteur-francas/

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    If you can read French, Gallimard has a handful of books you can look through the first pages of, including his Prix Goncourt.

    http://www.gallimard.fr/Contributeurs/Marc-Bernard

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