Sempe – Tout se complique

I have several books by Sempé – don’t really know where I acquired them. But here they are in all their glory. Sempé is known for Le Petit Nicolas, a series of stories about a boy named Nicolas and his adventures with other childhood cronies. It seems to be autobiographical. The style of his drawings are very much prized by the New Yorker Magazine.

Tout se complique is part of his earlier work.
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L’âge d’homme, Michel Leiris’ Autobiographical masterpiece

This is my first edition of L’âge d’homme by Michel Leiris. This book had a profound impact on my conception of how autobiography might be written. Leiris writes as if the danger is so close to his truth, that he risks death like the matador. It’s a grandiose notion of truth and authenticity. However it’s a powerful narrative of his early years.

I recently published an updated scan.
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Bescherelle – english edition


This was one of my first scans. It’s an older copy of the bescherelle, but an english edition I can use with my students as it’s not overwhelmingly complicated. The verbs are arranged in tables of frequency, and the index in the back tells the reader which table to consult. There is also a very useful introduction to the French verb system in the front, as well as examples of how the verbs and variants are used at the bottom of each table.

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Nathalie Sarraute: Tropismes

Tropismes was one of those books I was supposed to have read in graduate school (but didn’t ). Instead read planétarium. However I can’t ever remember acquiring this text… But there it was on my shelf, all yellowed and marked up. It reads like a being from another era, really. Retro- avantgarde… Nothing ages like futuristic writing. I do have a certain affinity for the precursors of the nouveau roman.

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