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|Format: ||Paperback / softback, 328 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 October 2009|
French novelist Jean-Marie Gustav Le Clezio has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2008. In their formal announcement, the Swedish Academy honoured him as an 'author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy and an explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilisation'. "Wandering Star" tells the stories of two young girls, one Jewish and one Palestinian, who meet once briefly by chance. Their stories are connected by substance, rather than plot. Each is a wandering star in search of a homeland, Esther escaping the Nazi Holocaust, and Nejma, a Palestinian refugee. Yet through this novel of dark times and human suffering, affirmation shines as the characters encounter the beauty of nature and instances of human kindness and love. Originally published in 2004, "Wandering Star" is his most recent novel to be translated into English, and perhaps his most traditional in terms of its storytelling narrative. It is also currently his only novel available in English. J.M.G. Le Clezio is that rare combination of best-selling author and artist of the highest order. "Wandering Star" received extraordinary critical praise in France. Pierre Lepape noted in "Le Monde" that Le Clezio neither moralizes nor takes a political stance: 'He goes much farther than that, much deeper; he seeks the signs of human misery and of potential peace at the very heart of life, in a confrontation with time and the elements; with the sun and the earth, with birth and death, with the mystery of origins and the enigma of the future, with the necessity of both remembering and forgetting, without which nothing can be healed'.
About the Author
J.M.G. Le Clezio is a distinguished French author with over thirty novels, essays, and story collections to his credit. He is the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.
"...it is a relief to come across Wandering Star (Curbstone, GBP 8.99), a novel written in 1992... This is Nobel-quality writing, an international author with a mature style retelling a story to the peak of his capacity. The English language needs more of it." - Daily Telegraph "One of the most powerful qualities of the novel is the sense Le Clezio creates of the human connection to place and the anguish of exile and dispossession... In chronicling the parallel suffering of Jews and Arabs, Le Clezio gives us a sadly topical retelling of what he calls elsewhere 'the greatest, most ancient of all quests: of a habitat.'" The Observer "No one who reads this novel can doubt his stature and importance as a writer." The Times Literary Supplement "one of the most powerful qualities of the novel is the sense Le Clezio creates of the human connection to place and the anguish of exile and dispossession... In chronicling the parallel suffering of Jews and Arabs, Le Clezio gives us a sadly topical retelling of what he calls elsewhere 'the greatest, most ancient of all quests: of a habitat.'" - Observer "Wandering Star is a luminous lesson in humanity amid the ruins of civilization and intelligence." - Le Figaro "Wandering Star can unquestionably be ranked among the very great novels. This is true not only because of the precision and evocative power of the writing, the subtlety and balance of the construction, the magnitude and loftiness of the subject, but also because of the stature and the trajectory of the protagonist, Esther Greve, who survives the Holocaust only to be confronted in the land of her dreams with another tragedy."-L' Humanite "This is a story about people and what happens to them in war and exile: human misery and happy moments; the potential for peace and the effects of war; the forces of nature both beneficial and disastrous. This is a marvellous piece of literature."- Jewish Book World "Those unfamiliar with Mr. Le Clezio and his work should know that he is considered that rare beast by the French: an artist and a best-selling author." --- Dallas Morning News "Le Clezio...seeks the signs of human misery and of potential peace at the very heart of life, in a confrontation with time and the elements; with the sun and the earth, with birth and death, with the mystery of origins and the enigma of the future, with the necessity of both remembering and forgetting, without which nothing can be healed." --- Le Mondi "The Beauty of Le Clezio's language belies the horror of his subject...We can only hope that Esther and Nejima might someday walk out of these pages, meet once more and plant and nourish the garden that others battle so feverishly to destroy." --- Bloomsbury Review"
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