Flaubert … the writer who hated fame


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                The French writer Gustave Flaubert was an ascetic in fame, according to two books published on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

                                    <p>The "Labliad" library released Thursday the last two volumes (fourth and fifth) of Flaubert's "Complete Works", covering the period from 1863 to 1880, when he was an important writer ... his readers had never seen him.

“When Flaubert died on May 8, 1880, his face was unknown. It was an exception in a century” in which the face of the artist was portrayed or Engraving it is common.

A professor of arts at Rouen University told AFP that Flaubert “constantly refused to stand in front of the photographer’s lens if the goal was for everyone to see. When he was visualizing, he used to do for his friends, and these pictures are difficult to date.”

Nadar, the most famous of the photographers, kept no records. No one was interested in Omar the author of “emotional education” in his posthumous photographs.

– “Celebrity Flaws”

Leclerc noted that he had reached “the dating of the images through cross-checking and interviews with many professionals.” “We will finally be able to fix these dates that were not confirmed,” he added.

Michel Winnock, who also released “Le Monde Solon Flaubert” (“The World According to Flaubert”) on Talander, said Thursday that this phobia of images was one of the signs of Flaubert’s aversion to stardom.

The historian explained that “Flaubert was an heir. He did not have to earn his living, unlike his colleagues, who were obliged to engage in journalism, intensify publishing, and make people talk about them, in order to survive from their copyrights.”

In the “Dictionary of Received Ideas,” the novelist spotted the most ridiculous public places of his time over the course of 30 years, and listed them under the category of “fame.” A number of “celebrities” wrote about the “defects”, pointing out to you, “Muse was drunk, Balzac was heavy with debts, and Hugo was miserly.”

Goodwill … Judicial

Fame fell with its negative face by eliminating Flaubert when he was thirty-five after the release of “Madame Bovary”.

This novel, which deals with the story of fornication, was a great success in 1857. Thanks, in part, to the Imperial Public Prosecutor in Paris, who dragged Flaubert into court for indecent assault.

The journalists showed clear sympathy for the writer. But Flaubert, who was dubbed “the hermit of Croissant,” remained wary of them throughout his life, and stayed away from worldly gossip and self-promotion.

Speaking of two successful authors in 1853, Arsene Osei and Maxime de Kan (his friend), he quipped, “They shouted, wrote, and demanded a lot that the bourgeoisie know and buy them.”

Flaubert was prolific at that point, and of which he wrote, for example, beautiful stories directly inspired by his youth, such as “November” and “Memoir Dan Fu” (“Diaries of a Madman”). He kept everything to himself, an unpublished work that preceded the writing of “Madame Bovary,” which fills two volumes of “La Pleiade”.

“It’s huge,” said Michel Winnock. But it might be too personal. “If we wanted to talk about our times, there is a genre that has spread, which is self-literature. Flaubert would certainly have despised it,” he added.



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