TITLE

LE ROI DES PERLES DE VERRE: HERMANN HESSE AND MICHEL TOURNIER

AUTHOR(S)
SAINT-CYR, YVES
PUB. DATE
April 2010
SOURCE
Modern Language Review;Apr2010, Vol. 105 Issue 2, p313
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
In an essay on Das Glasperlenspiel Michel Tournier wrote that Hermann Hesse belongs to 'cette extraordinaire génération […] qui paraît n'être née au xixe siècle que pour mieux couvrir de son ombre et de sa lumière tout le xxe siècle'. Tournier's 1970 novel Le Roi des aulnes represents his most élégant homage to the semiotic Glass Bead Game played by Hesse's Joseph Knecht. Like Das Glasperlenspiel, Le Roi des aulnes is made up of contrapuntal signs and motifs of which the central character is completely aware and with which he plays, like an astrologer casting a horoscope or an alchemist preparing a magical brew.
ACCESSION #
9702075727

 

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