Michel Tournier World Literature Analysis - Essay

Michel Tournier World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Michel Tournier started writing at a time when the form of the New Novel held sway in French literary circles. The New Novel ignores traditional novelistic techniques and even questions the ability of language to convey meaning; its narration tends to be complex.

Tournier’s works display the elements the New Novel lacks: plot, character, and suspense. Tournier has stated that he has no interest in revolutionizing the form of the novel, but this does not mean that he writes ordinary books. In The Wind Spirit: An Autobiography he states that:My intention was to avoid formal innovation, to use only the most traditional, conservative, and reassuring of forms, but to fill them with a content having none of those...

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