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Between Books / Entre Deux Livres

The Writer's Time / Le Temps de l'?crivain

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Between Books / Entre Deux Livres by Monique Larue
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Once a work is completed, when and how do writers and other artists embrace their next creative work?In this fascinating book, Monique LaRue, the author of six novels and more than a 150 essays and reviews, gives a tantalizing glimpse of the contour of time shaped by inspiration rather than the movement of the clock. Moving from the philosophical to the personal, she provides a view of how each of her novels has come into existence -- the personal context in which each came to be and the social context in which each was received.LaRue uses two important words in her approach to this "between-time" of creative possibility. The first, "meander," from the Greek name for Maiandros, a river in Phrygia has come to signify "wandering at random." Like Northrop Frye, she distinguishes between "Kairos," the mysterious, unpredictable moment when the creative impulse is released, and "chronos," or passing time. This ephemeral moment, as explained by LaRue, is of time but not in it.Given this paradox, it should come as no surprise that LaRue's between-time of writing creatively has no name -- the inadequate preposition "between" attempts to signify the gap in time from the appearance of one novel to the appearance of the next, when literary creativity occurs. In this context, time becomes a slippery concept. Mortality brings time and its passage unceasingly to mind as we respond to obligations of the day-to-day or witness the cycle of the seasons. Yet, the mental action of moving freely through meandering associations during the time between works becomes the criterion for thinking creatively.Une fois une oeuvre achev?e, quand et comment ?crivains et artistes abordent-ils leur prochaine cr?ation?Dans cet ouvrage passionnant, Monique LaRue, auteure de six romans et plus de 150 essais et articles, nous donne un avant-go't all?chant des contours du temps trac?s, dans ce cas, par notre imaginaire et non par les aiguilles de l'horloge. Naviguant entre la philosophie et l'exp?rience personnelle, elle nous livre un aper?u de la gen?se de chacun de ses livres -- tant les circonstances personnelles dans lesquelles chacun a vu le jour que le contexte social qui les a accueillis.Deux mots cl's ?mergent de la d?marche de LaRue dans son exploration de cet ? entre deux temps ? du potentiel cr?atif. Le premier, ? m?andre ?, provenant du terme grec Maiandros ? - un fleuve de la Phrygie - et qui veut dire ? errer au hasard ?. ? l'instar de Northrop Frye, elle distingue entre ? Kairos ?, le moment myst?rieux et impr?visible o? l'?lan cr?ateur est lib?r?, et ? Chronos ?, le temps qui passe. Pour Larue, ce moment ?ph?m?re, surgit du temps sans toutefois en faire partie.De par ce paradoxe, il n'est gu?re surprenant de constater que l'? entre-temps ? de l'?criture cr?ative dont traite LaRue est innomm? - cette pr?position gauche d?nomm?e ? entre ? cherche plut't ? marquer l'?cart dans l'espace-temps qui s?pare la parution d'un roman et la parution du prochain, ce moment d'o? jaillit la cr?ativit? litt?raire. En ce sens, le temps devient un concept insaisissable. Notre mortalit? nous renvoie inlassablement au temps, ? son passage, et ? son flux continu ? travers nos t?ches quotidiennes ou la succession des saisons. Pourtant, la pens?e cr?ative exige une activit? mentale qui ?volue librement, serpentant, au cours de ce temps entre deux oeuvres, au gr? des al?as des associations m?andres.
Release date Australia
April 16th, 2010
Author
Imprint
Goose Lane Editions
Pages
112
Dimensions
124x198x10
ISBN-13
9780864925343
Product ID
4015762

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