Patrick Grainville

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Patrick Grainville (born 1 June 1947 Villers-sur-Mer, Calvados) is a French novelist.

He spent his childhood in Villerville, a small town east of Deauville. An Associate Professor of Letters, he received the Prix Goncourt in 1976, 29 years old, for his fourth novel, Les Flamboyants ("The Flasher").[1]

He has written extensively on Africa, where he undertook a cooperative mission.[2] He is professor of French at the Lycée Évariste Galois in Sartrouville.

Grainville is also literary critic for Le Figaro.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Grainville spent his childhood in Normandy, regularly going to hunt and poach with his father,[3] businessman and mayor of Villerville. He attended the André Maurois lycee in Deauville, then Malherbe in Caen, before winning admission to his higher education at the Lycée Henri-IV and to the Sorbonne where he prepared for his civil service competitive examination. At the age of 19 years Grainville wrote his first manuscript, then at age 25 he published his first novel The Fleece,[4] which was immediately accepted by Gallimard.[5] Just before dying, Henry de Montherlant predicted him great future and lauded his specific style. His next novel The Edge failed the Goncourt in 1973, in the fifth tour against The ogre by Jacques Chessex,[6] to the great displeasure of Michel Tournier who supported it in jury.[7]

Themes[edit]

Fantasy[edit]

Having compared with Jean Giono[8] for his wild novels linked to elements and to Louis-Ferdinand Céline for his "verbal excess",[9] Grainville distanced himself from this inheritance by a fantastique and dream which impregnates his work: the mythological Amazon (La Diane rousse), return to original animality (The Shadow of the animal), secrets and conspiracies[10] (The black Fortresses), the narrator observer of underworld (The eternal Tyrant), or the animals who manage the destiny of men (Light of the rat, The Kiss of the octopus). Writer of the two centuries, following the example of Huysmans but having digested Proust,[11] Nouveau roman and "the academic ressassements of some realism", according to Michel Tournier Grainville opened a "new way" which led to the XXI century.

Painting[edit]

Grainville always enjoyed painting, which was his inspiration.[12]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

Stories[edit]

Books of art[edit]

Books for youth[edit]

  • 1986 : Le plus beau des pièges, roman illustrated by Arno in Je bouquine.[13]
  • 1993 : L'Arbre-piège (unillustrated reedition of Plus beau des pièges, couverture d'Enki Bilal), collection Petit Point, éditions du Seuil.
  • 1995 : Le Secret de la pierre noire, illustré par Dupuy-Berberian, Nathan (maison d'édition).
  • 2000 : Les Singes voleurs dans Les Singes voleurs - 6 histoires d'archéologie (collectif), éditions Fleurus (maison d'édition).
  • 2000 : Le Rire du géant dans Un os dans le rosbif - 6 histoires de pirates (collectif), éditions Fleurus (maison d'édition).

Joint publications and literary magazines[edit]

Prefaces[edit]

Radio dramas[edit]

Cinema[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L'estampe érotique de Patrick Grainville", L'Express, Baptiste Liger, 01/02/2010
  2. ^ http://livres.fluctuat.net/patrick-grainville.html
  3. ^ Episodes which he recalled in L'Orgie, la Neige
  4. ^ Grainville, la vérité crashée, Jean-Baptiste Harang in Libération 6 January 2000.
  5. ^ in a letter addressed to the author on September 12, 1972, published on the occasion of Prix Goncourt for The Flamboyants in Le Monde dated from November 17th 1976, p. 31.
  6. ^ La compagnie des écrivains by Gérard Valbert at Éditions L'Âge d'Homme, 2003, p. 272.
  7. ^ To greet Grainville, Michel Tournier, Le Figaro dated from November 24th, 1973.
  8. ^ Le grand cérémonial des mots, Claude Bonnefoy, Les Nouvelles littéraires, 3rd year, issue 2456 21–27 October 1974.
  9. ^ Dictionnaire des Ecrivains de langue française (Jean-Pierre de Beaumarchais, Daniel Couty et Alain Rey), comparaisons et citation de Jean-Pierre Damour, éditions Larousse, 2001.
  10. ^ Les Forteresses noires par Alain Dorémieux, Fiction no. 330 du 1er juin 1982, article relayé le 7 mars 2009 par le site de NooSFere.
  11. ^ "L'événement le plus important, c'est A la recherche du temps perdu. Le maniérisme absolu et la profondeur vertigineuse".
  12. ^ L'épopée des Nymphéas de Claude Monet by Patrick Grainville, Le Figaro December 16, 2010.
  13. ^ no. 25, Groupe Bayard, mars 1986.
  14. ^ La genèse de la pièce, adaptation libre du mythe d'Isis et d'Osiris, est racontée dans La Main blessée, Éditions du Seuil, 2005, p. 117 et suivantes.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jeanne Polton, L'écriture de la sensualité dans le roman contemporain (Duras, Grainville, Simon, Sollers), Lille, Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 1999.
  • Rachel Edwards, Myth and the Fiction of Michel Tournier and Patrick Grainville, Lewiston, New York, Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, 2000.
  • Alain-Philippe Durand, Un monde techno : Nouveaux espaces électroniques dans le roman français des années 1980-1990, Berlin, Weidler Buchverlag, 2004.
  • Marie-Odile Lainé, Villerville, une enfance en féerie dans Balade en Calvados, sur les pas des écrivains, Paris, Éditions Alexandrines, 2004 et, sous le titre Le Calvados des Ecrivains, 2014.
  • Charlotte Baker, Enduring Negativity : Representations of Albinism in the Novels of Didier Destremau, Patrick Grainville and Williams Sassine, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, Peter Lang, 2011.
Quotations (anthologies and trials)
  • Brève histoire des fesses, par Jean-Luc Hennig, Zulma, 1995.
  • Le livre du plaisir, présenté par Catherine Breillat, Editions 1, 1999.
  • Le cheval est une femme comme une autre, par Jean-Louis Gouraud, éditions Pauvert, 2001.
  • L'art est difficile, par Jean-Baptiste Harang, Éditions Julliard, 2004.
  • Le Chemin des livres, par Philippe Le Guillou, Mercure de France, 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Myth and the fiction of Michel Tournier and Patrick Grainville, Rachel Edwards, E. Mellen Press, 1999, ISBN 978-0-7734-7938-8