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Instead, they look right through it and revel in the human reality with which the
work deals. . . . During ... They reduced the strictly aesthetic elements to a
minimum and let the work consist almost entirely in a fiction of human realities. . .
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Reality, for Sarraute, means a reality that is rid of the “preconceived ideas and
ready-made images that encase it.” It is opposed to “the surface reality that
everyone can easily see and which, for want of anything better, everyone uses.
By invoking the notion of reality at all, Sarraute has, in fact, narrowed and
compromised her argument when she need not have done so. The metaphor of
the work of art as a representation of reality should be retired for a while; it has
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review