The Death of a Nobody

The subject of this modern classic is not a man It is an event, says Jules Romains, who is considered the French Dos Passos The event starts with the death of Jacques Godard, a man of no importance It unfolds through his brief survival in the minds of others the porter of his tenement in Paris, his fellow lodgers, a few acquaintances, his old father, who comes upThe subject of this modern classic is not a man It is an event, says Jules Romains, who is considered the French Dos Passos The event starts with the death of Jacques Godard, a man of no importance It unfolds through his brief survival in the minds of others the porter of his tenement in Paris, his fellow lodgers, a few acquaintances, his old father, who comes up from the country for the funeral, a young stranger who feels that the dead pass into a great soul that cannot die The event expresses Romains s belief in collective beings, the famous theory of Unanimism In dramatizing his theory, Romains developed an advanced motion picture technique when films were in their infancy, a technique of group portraits and sudden shifts from scene to scene that keeps this work far ahead of conventional novels Here, Romains explores the ideas and the devices used in his twenty seven volume masterpiece, Men of Good Will, which Andr Maurois calls the boldest attempt to describe completely his own time that any French novelist has made since Balzac Translated by Desmond MacCarthy and Sidney WaterlowWith an Afterword by Maurice Natanson
The Death of a Nobody The subject of this modern classic is not a man It is an event says Jules Romains who is considered the French Dos Passos The event starts with the death of Jacques Godard a man of no importance It

  • Title: The Death of a Nobody
  • Author: Jules Romains Desmond MacCarthy Sidney Waterlow Maurice Alexander Natanson
  • ISBN: 9780451500540
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
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    1. It always astounds me when famous or important people die. What--that person? Them? Really? But? They were only just alive, how can they be dead? I always assumed Michael Jackson was immortal, J. D. Salinger simply deathless, Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney--well, I actually had forgotten about those two, only to be just as shocked when they kicked the bucket: Wait, what? Them? Dead?! But that's impossible!Surrealest of all was Neil Armstrong. Him! He had walked on the moon and now he was dead! [...]

    2. Biri öldü. Yaşarken görmediği değeri öldükten sonra gördü. Sonra ona değer verenler de öldü. Ve artık kimsenin ismini bile hatırlamadığı hiç kimseye dönüştü. İnsana gerçekliği, ölümü, hayatın saçmalığını çok güzel bir dille anlatan bir kitap. Abarttığımız yaşantılarımızla biz, hepimiz Godard'ız.

    3. I've begun to try to read my way through a list I'm in the process of compiling of what might be the hundred best novels of the 1910s. I say might be because I've read hardly any of them; I'm going on reputation and (as far as I'm able to given my limited linguistic abilities) trying to be as varied as possible. So it, like everything I do, is a work in progress.I'm reading several at once in a bunch of different formats, and the first one I happened to finish is Jules Romains' debut novel, Mort [...]

    4. Jules Romains has a nice voice that allows an average American to listen to his tale with a feeling of superiority. One cannot blame the French for being depressing for the most part: defeat in the Franco-Prussian war, WWI, WWII not to mention Indo-China & Algeria. But the French can teach us a lot about style, sensitivity, and philosophy. Jules Romains is an author who is masterly and should be studied by other writers.

    5. An idea, I think is universal: that so long as others remember one - that one lives on after his death. The last 17 pages is beautiful writing.

    6. The English translation of this book's title is "The Death of a Nobody." It's one of the darkest and most unsettling little books I've ever read.

    7. Un petit livre d'une infinie profondeur. Romains a ce génial talent de nous faire pénétrer dans la vie et dans les pensées des gens.

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