Christian Salmon, the art of silence in literature in times of crisis

Christian Salmon, the art of silence in literature in times of crisis

Christian Salmon, the art of silence in literature in times of crisis

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Christian Salmon is a writer, essayist and columnist for Mediapart. After having been an assistant to Milan Kundera, in 1993 he founded the International Parliament of Writers and the Network of Cities of Refuge. He is the author of numerous books, including storytelling, The machine for making stories and shaping the mind (The Discovery, 2007).

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“In each of the stages that led from the First World War to the current hypercrisis (health, climate, economic, geostrategic), entire sectors of knowledge accumulated over the centuries have collapsed, plunging into silence and night the human experience. All modern literature bears witness to this. to this story of silence.

From Nicolas Gogol to Franz Kafka, from Hermann Broch to Witold Gombrowicz, from Danilo Kis to Milan Kundera, from Don DeLillo to Antoine Volodine, literary history tells us about the same problematic experience. No longer that of the omniscient narrator who embraces human life in its complexities, but that of a narrator faced with the destruction of the conditions of a possible experience and the increasing difficulty of narrating.

Far from the pathos that covered it throughout the 20th century, the silence of writers is not a pathological symptom, it is the very heart of the literary experience. Silence subtracts language from the codified ways of seeing and thinking and renders mute the forces perceptible up to now, forms that carry other possibilities of life. (Presentation of editions The links that release)

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