Jacques CHARDONNE (1884-1968). 28 L.A.S.,... - Lot 86 - Ader

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Jacques CHARDONNE (1884-1968). 28 L.A.S.,... - Lot 86 - Ader
Jacques CHARDONNE (1884-1968). 28 L.A.S., La Frette 1960-1967, to Matthieu Galey; about 64 pages in-4. Very beautiful and interesting literary and friendly correspondence. We can only give here a too quick glimpse of these beautiful letters on squared paper (the one Chardonne used when he was telling the truth). October 6, 1960, about his text Le bonheur à Spetsai [published in Demi-jour], of which he is very happy; reflections on memory... January 17, 1962, noting the death of the novel: "A pity, when I think of the novels that appear between 17 and 30. ...] If the novel is dead; that's fine. Something that could have happened. I'm not saying that today's writers suck; far from it, on the whole. I'm saying that novels are bad ... Then about his friend Paul Morand: "He often goes off the rails. I have to guide him. I told him this morning (he was going to write in Match: we buried the Orient-Express, so much the better; no more train. No more big liners. France, a stupidity for vain greatness) I told him: speed was your youth. Today, it's slowness. We want to relax. We're looking for holidays. A beautiful liner, wonderful holidays (there are no others); luxury trains (real ones), if there were any, the planes would be empty. Morand delays; what an adventure! "»... 19-21 April, criticizing Michel Déon, who dreams in his islands of an illusory freedom, and whose political ideas of the "Maurras Party" irritate Chardonne: "The political ideas of the French, whether they are of the left or the right, are of a stupidity that can only be found in France; I have seen this stupidity unfold for sixty years. ...] The French political system (parliamentary democracy, chamber of deputies, so-called freedom, speeches, no government) is the worst. ...] Maurras wrote good things; and, even more stupid things - especially about Germany ... Then on General de Gaulle: "All the French, except Mauriac and me, hate de Gaulle. ... the political regime he wants to establish is the right one; it is the American regime; a real government, which governs, for five years. And then we judge him; we keep him or we send him away. ...the political brains of the French are a stinking mess.... April 30, on the state of literature in Europe, and praises the great critic Curtius... June 14, on his latest book Détachments: "What amazes me about this book, which I consider to be a strong work, is that I really wrote it in two months. Now it takes me seven years to write 250 pages (that's about the time I'll have kept "Half a day" on my table) " . He is very critical of the "useless words, even in French", which are "de la bourre" ... January 18, 1963, critical comment on a lunch at Paul Morand's, with the Jouhandeau family: "Invite Elise, see Elise, and at home, a shame". Morand is very happy with the welcome he received: "He thought he was banished from France, and suffered from it"... He speaks maliciously of the academic elections: "If the cold persists, Paulhan will be elected to the Academy; his enemies are over 90 years old and do not come out in this temperature. Already, Jean Guitton, to everyone's surprise, has slipped into the Academy in favour of the cold "... 29 February, on the 19th century and George Sand: "She was "progressive", with doubts. Fortunately for her, she was not given to know the rest, until Hitler. Death is necessary. "... Reflections on the army, freedom and politics... " The Morands were infatuated with Pagnol "... 5 March, on literature, about Marguerite Duras: "What she wants to paint is an idea, the fashion of the day. The fashion is confused, and "anguish". In other times, it was another way of looking at things. The writer, in general, is a faithful servant of his time. True originality is the rarest. Almost all "literature" is a matter of a moment. Stendhal wasn't of his time at all. However, he was not a misunderstood man. He was known and appreciated by (almost) every good writer or judge of his time " . He re-reads the Contemplations of Hugo: "There is good, admirable, and mediocre. He is a poet. He wants to be "poet" in every line: the verse obliges. One is not a poet all the time. ...it was the time when Hugo was angry in Guernsey. That anger rumbles everywhere. Napoleon III was not a bad regime. Mérimée was right. We could always spare his anger. It's a question of being well persuaded that men are mad; and always were . Political reflections: "Crime is from 1900 to 1918 (including the treaty). That's when the continent capsized. Thirty years ago, the socialists called for "nationalizations"; now it is free industries that are ideal "... March 8, 1963, on literature, advising Galey to help him fill in his gaps: Paul Bourg
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