Ritournelle de la faim

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Ritournelle de la faim
Author J. M. G. Le Clézio
Original title Ritournelle de la faim
Country France
Language French
Genre Novel
Publisher Gallimard,Collection Blanche
Publication date
1 October 2008
Media type Print
Pages 206 pp
ISBN 978-2-07-012283-7
OCLC 261400573
LC Class PQ2672.E25 R58 2008

Ritournelle de la faim (The Same Old Story of Hunger, or The Refrain of Hunger) is a novel written in French by French Nobel laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio .

Plot summary[edit]

Set in Paris in the 1930s, it tells the story of Ethel, a young woman who must save herself and her parents, torn by the age's politics and their hatred for each other. The story seems so simple. A narrator who is and is not the author tells the story of a young girl – Ethel Brown – who is and is not the mother of JMG Le Clézio.[1]

French language text sample[edit]

French language text sample from "Ritournelle de la faim" can be read online [2]

Publication history[edit]

Paris : Lire Magazine[edit]

Lire. no. 369, (2008): 64[3]

First French Edition[edit]

  • Le Clézio, J. M. G (2008). Ritournelle de la faim (in French). Paris: Gallimard,Collection Blanche. p. 206. ISBN 978-2-07-012283-7. 


  1. ^ Poirier, Agnès (2008-11-13). "The New Statesman's round up of the best books of 2008 as suggested by critics and contributors". New Statesman. Retrieved 2008-11-17. Agnès Poirier:I like angry authors. His 54th book to date...( which will undoubtedly be translated into English after its author won the Nobel Prize for Literature) is of a quiet, grave and classic beauty" 
  2. ^ Le Clézio, J.M.G. (2008-10-01). "Extraits: "Lire n°369"". Express.fr. Retrieved 2008-11-17. "Roman de la mère comme L'Africain était le récit du père, Ritournelle de la faim raconte l'histoire d'Ethel Brun que l'on suit à la trace entre les années 1930 et les années 1940."This novel is about his mother ,just as "L'Africain" was about his father.The same old story about hunger tells the story of Ethel Brun though the 1930s and 1940s. 
  3. ^ OCLC 261102194