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Friday 02 December 2005

The Levys

Duckworth have kindly sent on Bernard-Henry Lévy's War, Evil and the End of History (originally out, in the US, from Melville House - worth noting is that Lévy will be interviewed on MobyLives Radio next week) and Le Contre-Ciel by René Daumal:


Le Contre-Ciel (‘The Counter-Heaven’) marked the start of one of the most daring and inventive careers in all of French literature. Written when its author was only twenty-two, it was honoured with the prestigious Prix Jacques Doucet, awarded by the reigning triumvirate of French letters, André Gide, Paul Valéry, and Jean Giraudoux. It is an exploration of, among other things, death as a beginning to life rather than end, a means of shedding superficial identity and experiencing understanding and awareness—concepts that Daumal later developed in his two great prose masterpieces, A Night of Serious Drinking and the posthumously published Mount Analogue.

Talking of the boss's publishing house, Melville have just published Bernard-Henry's daughter Justine Lévy's novel Nothing Serious (Winner of the Grand Prix Litteraire de l’Héroïne 2004):


Stylish, intelligent, and often scathingly funny, Nothing Serious is an unblinking portrayal of the search for self amidst the reckless glamorization of love.

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