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Patrice Jean: "We can live without literature, but it's less good"

2021-07-30T17:43:02.692Z

INTERVIEW - The writer has published La Poursuite de l'idéal (Gallimard), the learning story of a young poet confronted with a modernity that does not care about poetry. It evokes the specificity of French literature and its place in a world where the series seems to have replaced ...



LE FIGARO.

- The hero of your last novel is a young man passionate about poetry who is gradually being taken over by the modern world, a world of “anti-poets”.

Why did you choose a hero poet?

PATRICE JEAN.

- The extravagance of Cyrille Bertrand (the hero of the novel) is to hope to combine poetry and success.

He thinks of Valery Larbaud, poet and millionaire, forgetting that he was an heir.

A young novelist, at a pinch, can hope to live one day from his novels: a poet will never live from his collections.

By placing the hero in an impossible situation, I confront him with this world of “anti-poets”, our world.

But Cyrille will end, too, by abandoning poetry, in favor of romantic prose.

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In the 19th century, when you wanted to be a great writer, you first had to be a poet.

How to explain that poetry no longer holds a place in literature?

The poets read each other;

the public has disappeared (or almost).

The novel may meet the same fate

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Source: lefigaro

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