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In the Aristotelian tradition of art as imitation, the writer was the medium or vehicle
for describing the truth about something outside himself. In the modern tradition (
roughly, Rousseau forward) of art as expression, the artist tells the truth about ...
But there is another tradition in French thought and sensibility—the cult of
aloofness, l'esprit géometrique. This tradition is represented, among the new
novelists, by Nathalie Sarraute, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Michel Butor, so different
The heritage of Nietzsche constitutes one such tradition: the essays of E. M.
Cioran, for example. The French moraliste and antimoraliste tradition—Laclos,
Sade, Breton, Sartre, Camus, Georges Bataille, Lévi-Strauss—constitutes
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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