Other literary forms
In addition to long fiction, Michel Tournier (tewr-NYAY) produced a one-act play, the monologue Le Fétichiste (pr. 1974; The Fetishist, 1983), the title of which reveals a great deal psychologically about many of Tournier’s fictional characters. It was followed by a travel journal, Canada: Journal de voyage (1977; Canada: travel journal), about a country that symbolizes a sort of promised land in some of his stories, as well as by Le Vent paraclet (1977; The Wind Spirit, 1988), a volume of essays that are not up to the level of his novels. Thirteen short stories and Tournier’s one play were published under the title Le Coq de bruyère (1978; The Fetishist, and Other Stories, 1983). In his short stories, Tournier explores briefly, pointedly, and often amusingly areas treated at greater length in his novels. Equally interesting is the group of what he calls “images and prose,” a sort of intellectual autobiography titled Des clefs et des serrures: Images et proses (1979; some keys and some locks: images and prose).
Tournier has also published in two other areas, both of which illuminate aspects of his fiction. The first is children’s literature. Under the title Vendredi: Ou, La Vie sauvage (1971; Friday and Robinson: Life on Esperanza Island, 1972), Tournier adapted his interpretation of the story of Robinson Crusoe to a form suitable for young readers. He...
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