Le Procès-verbal

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Jean Marie Gustave Le Cl zio, better known as J.M.G Le Cl zio born 13 April 1940 is a Franco Mauritian novelist The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel Le Proc s Verbal The Interrogation and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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  • Paperback
  • 326 pages
  • Le Procès-verbal
  • J.M.G. Le Clézio
  • Spanish
  • 07 November 2017
  • 9788437612980

10 thoughts on “Le Procès-verbal

  1. says:

    To over describe is to defamiliarize the reader with the thing described Conversely, to under describe can allow the reader cognitive room to fill in the blanks Done well, as here early on, over description sets the reader squirming The effect is a little like chalk misapplied to a blackboard See Russian Formalism There s a fine example of the technique early in Charlotte Bronte s Villette, when a painting in a gallery is described The protagonist here may be mad, so his hyper vigilance to setting, atmosphere, his and others bodies, grates even when softened by way of third person narration It s an admirable way to begin.Adam watched them absentmindedly as though they, their noise and movement, had no logical connection with himself and every sensation of his overwrought body, which magnified details, fashioned his being into a monstrous object, a compact of pain, in which consciousness of life was merely consciousness of matter through the nerves p.14 Adam has avoided working life, the rat race, it appears, so he might indulge himself in a constant welter of sensory, phenomenological experience He s drunk on his sensations Thus, the use of defamiliarization It occurs to me that this is very much a young man s novel, filled with the knowledge gleaned in college, and marked by a shrewd talent that allows the author to place a few of these ideas in juxtaposition, which in turn function as a clever narrative engine Impressive Adam s sensibility is wholly solipsistic He s alienated from the social so that he is incapable of giving, so busy is he greedily sucking up bodily sensations He s cruel to animals as all true dyed in the wool serial killers are He s just ruthlessly fucked a young woman she hasn t been seen since did he kill her Adam, in short, is a bore, but the prose is not.The novel reminds me of Lolita in this sense, it s the story of an obnoxious figure whose prose seeks to be of such overwhelming interest that we excuse, forget, overlook the character s loathsomeness Humbert Humbert s was a libertine, greedy for illicit sexual pleasures, self satisfactions, for humiliating others as a means ego inflation, and for skirting the law That s all here in The Interrogation, though Adam s greed is for a deep form of internalized experience.What drives Adam is reflection, lucid meditation Starting from his own human flesh, from the sum of his present sensations, he annihilates himself by a dual system of multiplication and identification p 154 As the book crawls to its finish, Adam disappears and the novel fragments into a number of discreet stories the drowned man, the woman in the photographic negative, etc Then we flashback to Adam at age 12, and move on to a turgid bit of pataphysics A favorite sentence All the components of the telephone are present in the rhinoceros p 153 The device of a torn up notebook is used, written in at some point by grownup Adam, thus the text is even further fragmented Eventually Adam evolves, perhaps inevitably, from squatter and general cynic to ebullient street corner prophet There are many ways to go insane on the page Two of my favorites are Elena Ferrante s The Days of Abandonment and Alberto Moravia s Contempt The Interrogation isn t on that exalted level, but it holds the reader and stays lodged in memory That is a difficult task for any writer Recommended.

  2. says:

    One of the Worst Novelists to win the Nobel PrizeAfter Bob Dylan s Nobel Prize there has been a lot of writing about writers who were never awarded the Nobel, and about how political the prize has often been It s also illuminating to consider writers will have gotten the prize but haven t stood the test of time There have been some astonishingly poor choices over the years This book, and this author, are irredeemably poor If you think this is an expressive conjuring of the mental state of a disturbed young man, if you think this is a fair representation of tortured imagination, you should read Schreber s Memoirs of My Mental Illness, or Artaud, or Genet, or Burroughs, or anyone Read Emil Nolde s Memoirs, read something by A.L Kennedy, read anything Le Clezio writes whatever comes into his head at any moment There are some sustained passages in which he is imagining something from one point of view, as one experience there s a chapter about a rat, and one about a dead man washed up on a beach but he continuously interrupts himself with random notions, names, places, and ideas He seems to think this is how novels work, and he may also think this is how abnormal mental states feel It is childish, in the bad sense of that word.And the Nobel Prize clearly, it is evidence that for some people, this kind of scattered, adventitious, random, opportunistic bricolage is an adequate representation of states of consciousness Such people have apparently never experienced real depths of imagination It is tremendously sad to think of that.

  3. says:

    J.M.G Le Clezio s The Interrogation begins like a French beatnik novel We are in a Riviera resort town looking through the eyes of one Adam Pollo, a squatter living in a vacation home He smokes, reads newspapers and magazines, works on his suntan, and occasionally gets together with his girlfriend Michelle, from whom he borrows money from time to time.After a while, the relationship goes bad, and Adam becomes frenzied as the weather changes from summer to winter He breaks down at one point, ranting at a crowd, until he is picked up and moved to a mental hospital for examination.Suddenly, the merely phenomenological Adam Pollo we had known before becomes an intellectual familiar with Ruysbroek, the Inca, and a whole slew of mystics and philosophers This is during an interrogation by a psychiatry professor and his young students, who bring out a showy response from him.The Interrogation is Le Clezio s first novel, which becomes ever interesting as we see Adam developing into what Note to Self Read Ken Kesey s One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest for possible comparison.

  4. says:

    The Nobel for Le Clezio makes me think that the Swedish Academy must be like a legislative body it produces odd compromises that are no one s first choice My only previous experience with Le Clezio was a rather gauzy commentary on the conquest of Mexico, a topic about which much has already been written, with great specificity So I approached the Investigation with curiosity and a dash of hope, especially since it took the Renaudot Prize The main character, Adam Pollo, does not know if he has been released from the Army or the mental hospital Le Clezio settles that point during the narrative Pollo seems detached from the norms of society, has occasional outbursts, some of them violent His mind focuses on extraneous minutiae Near the beginning, Pollo commits what can only be described as rape, but the victim has no reaction But he seems rootless and detached There are interesting moments toward the end, when Le Clezio does some interesting things with form, recording a psychiatric evaluation and introducing mock ups of newspapers into the text But in the end, Pollo and his world seem not so much surreal as deliberately unreal Perhaps this is all a reflection of Pollo s confused mind But the narrative thread is weak to start with and can t stand that strain I don t mind unreliable narrators, but unreliable writers leave me cold.

  5. says:

    A character that might as well have been a cousin of Camus The Stranger goes hypersentive to everything that goes on in hi world crazy in other words.

  6. says:

    I read this book aloud from the translation by Daphne Woodward In French, the title proc s verbal is accurate and broadly evocative than Interrogation A proc s verbal may refer the minutes of a meeting, such as the meeting some psychiatry students hold to question the protagonist in the last third of the book, but it may all so refer to a summary of the facts in a criminal case, which is what the whole book is.On the surface, this is the story of a mentally disturbed young man who gradually slips from life squatting in a house in a southern French resort town where he is involved in something resembling a relationship with a girl, through progressively bizarre actions and harangues to confinement in a mental hospital At least for me, the young man in his self centered state is initially unattractive His girlfriend at least she lends him money and is willing to have sex with him he treats rather badly not only out of indifference and self preoccupation but also out of a sort of misdirected inner rage But as his struggles continue he becomes ever sympathetic and engaging until at the end he is an eloquent spokesman for a view of reality.The turning point in my feelings about the protagonist is a section where he joins the crowd around the body of a drowned man that has recently been hauled from the sea There is some really remarkable writing in this part of the book, which portrays in prose appropriate to each subject the reactions of the bystanders, the physical reality of the waterlogged corpse, the highly textured reality of the shale beach, the stereotyped life of the drowned man and his family, and other matters Writing in this book often shows this sort of flexibility there is effective writing of many sorts descriptions of nature, descriptions of mental states, description of animals, and descriptions of the nature of reality from a certain perspective Part of the novel is epistilatory, consisting of letters written to the girlfriend, if not delivered to her.What is this perspective What is his struggle about Our protagonist is very well educated He occasionally refers to a number of obscure writers including Manilius, a little known and difficult Latin poet who wrote about astronomy, the Catholic mystic Jan van Ruysbroek, who inclined towards pantheism, and the pre Socratic philosopher Parmenides For me, because his thought intrigues me, Parmenides was the clue Saying almost anything about Parmenides is a controversial oversimplification , but, granting that, Parmenides subject is the elaboration of the relationship between the unity and diversity of things This is the protagonist s struggle, to order and elaborate the relationship between diversity and unity in the broadest sense That is the reason for the different, detailed descriptions of reality from different perspectives It appears in his view of the pebbly beach, of the diversity of the crowd looking at the drowned man, in the process of the breakdown of the drowned man s body, which is devolving into components but is still a single thing, in his identification with animals in zoo, is what he is struggling with when his haranguing the crowd with a speech that eventually gets him committed, is what he is trying to tell the students about, and to tell them that understanding the unity in diversity is important than understanding whether he is mad or not.

  7. says:

    Initially intoxicating, the writing suffused with a visionary apprehension of the world, like a Van Gogh world everywhere seething and alive and teetering on madness, but then it kind of let me down toward the end as it wrapped itself too neatly up and strove for significance And maybe one or two too many lit tricks, but still a powerful book.

  8. says:

    If you weren t having an existential crisis when you start, you will be when you finish.

  9. says:

    Superbe Un r cit poignant d un homme qui avait fait trop de confiance en ce monde, un monde qu il voulait simple et flou Par l interm diare d Adam Pollo, Le Cl zio fait le portrait d une soci t qui n a plus de patience ni de compr hension pour les id alistes, les chercheurs de beaut et de sens 4,6 5

  10. says:

    sprachlich war es gut und anfangs war ich auch wirklich berzeugt davon aber dann ist die Handlung immer weniger und komischer geworden und das um das es laut klappentext geht wird auf einer Seite einmal erw hnt und das Ende war sowieso ganz komisch

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