Palace Of Books

Paperback | May 16, 2016

byROGER GRENIERTranslated byAlice KaplanForeword byAlice Kaplan

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For decades, French writer, editor, and publisher Roger Grenier has been enticing readers with compact, erudite books that draw elegant connections between the art of living and the work of art. Under Grenier’s wry gaze, clichés crumble, and offbeat anecdotes build to powerful insights.

With Palace of Books, he invites us to explore the domain of literature, its sweeping vistas and hidden recesses. Engaging such fundamental questions as why people feel the need to write, or what is involved in putting one’s self on the page, or how a writer knows she’s written her last sentence, Grenier marshals apposite passages from his favorite writers:  Chekhov, Baudelaire, Proust, James, Kafka, Mansfield and many others. Those writers mingle companionably with tales from Grenier’s half-century as an editor and friend to countless legendary figures, including Albert Camus, Romain Gary, Milan Kundera, and Brassai,.

Grenier offers here a series of observations and quotations that feel as spontaneous as good conversation, yet carry the lasting insights of a lifetime of reading and thinking. Palace of Books is rich with pleasures and surprises, the perfect accompaniment to old literary favorites, and the perfect introduction to new ones.

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For decades, French writer, editor, and publisher Roger Grenier has been enticing readers with compact, erudite books that draw elegant connections between the art of living and the work of art. Under Grenier’s wry gaze, clichés crumble, and offbeat anecdotes build to powerful insights. With Palace of Books, he invites us to explore th...

Born in 1919, Roger Grenier is the author of more than forty books, including The Difficulty of Being a Dog and A Box of Photographs, both published by the University of Chicago Press. Alice Kaplan is the author of numerous books on France and French culture, including Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:158 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:May 16, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022637890X

ISBN - 13:9780226378909

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Alice Kaplan
“The Land of Poets”
Waiting and Eternity
Leave-Taking
Private Life
Writing about Love, Again . . .
A Half Hour at the Dentist’s
Unfinished
Do I Have Anything Left to Say?
To Be Loved
Works Cited

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“Readers will benefit from Grenier’s wisdom expressed through his life experiences and his literary analyses. Palace of Books will amply stock the shelves of your mind.”