Saturday, October 11, 2008

Un Autre Monde

A line from the venerable Mr David Cornwell better known to the public by his literary pseudonym John Le Carre.

Here  in the New York Times   his discusses his latest work, A Most Wanted Man.

The journalist notes Le Carre"s darkest characters have often been Americans. It provokes him to make a distinction between the people and the current administration.

Graham Greene praised Le Carre's book The Spy Who Came In From The Cold as the best spy story he'd read. Greene's The Quiet American is among my favorite books and he is the don of the political thriller but his true successor is an American, Martin Cruz Smith. Smith is peerless.Were the Nobel Prize offered on talent alone it would be his for the taking but then writers who write detective stories, about a Russian detective are an anomaly, beyond the pale even.

 This years Nobel Prize winner for literature Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, is beyond the mainstream, offering a perspective from the other.

Among some of the comments is the restoration of French literary pride and as well a veiled insult that monsieur Clezio is unlike his navel gazing country men.On the contrary,
French culture has  a more cosmopolitan outlook than any I experienced in the English speaking world. It's less insular and connected to a new current.. Neil Bissoondath's claim that Multiculturalism  has segregated the rest of Canada is true. Quebecois ask that you speak their language and then you are at one. Not a lot to ask but don't let anyone hear you say that in Toronto or Red Deer.

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