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READ Le Roi des Aulnes 107 An international bestseller and winner of the Prix Goncourt France's most prestigious literary award The Ogre is a masterful tale of innocence perversion and obsession It follows th At a high point in a pivotal relationship formed during his refectory days in an alien French boy s school Abel Tiffauges is told the gruesome apocryphal story of the Baron des Adrets newfound awareness of cadent euphoria by the obese enigma Nestor The crescendo is reached when the latter murmurs in coda that There s probably nothing moving in a man s life than the accidental discovery of his own perversion Just how much truth this observation bore is revealed to Abel many years later when he has mutated from a bunched up undersized boy into a hulking giant of a man bearing a wounded child in his massive arms he is lapped by beatific paroxysms of phoric joy much akin to that experienced by a pair of historic personages St Christopher when he similarly performed as steed for a riverine Christ and Alfonso d Albuuerue a conuistador in peril of death at the hands of the boundless sea who perched a lad atop his shoulders in the desperate hope that the youth s innocence would serve to cleanse him of sin and turn the eye of God toward him in a favorable light Would that there were enough innocence to mount and shrive the twentieth century an epoch when perversion obsession and desire freed themselves from all restraints and ran amok amid a continent watered with blood The Ogre is a beautifully strange novel alternately narrated by and about the remarkable Abel Tiffauges a Frenchman so unlike his countrymen a gentle giant who firmly believes himself an eternal and potent natural force primordial in origin descended across the mists of time from the original Abel the nomad brother of the sedentary Cain who in a pattern to be repeated ad nauseam throughout history s pages was murdered by his sibling for his hateful and peregrine individuality Tiffauges interacts with the material world only in a routine and perfunctory manner uietly going about his solitary business while experiencing a rich and eccentric inner life in which systems and symbols portents and preordained fates illuminate every event in their explicatory light Even as the apocalypse of the Second World War thunders down upon Europe and Tiffauges is swept from a Parisian suburban garage to Teutonic castles amidst the marshy forests and plains of East Prussia he is central to this avenging maelstrom a locus for the melancholy loam of Prussian nature yet completely apart from it a separate entity to the daily suffering and slaughter that plays out around him Finding in the war the means to pursue his child focussed obsessions Abel calmly sets about a phoric existence luxuriating in its anarchic bliss until the diabolical inversion that always threatens the innocent poisons the roots of all his fantasiesMichel Tournier has penned a marvel here a haunting uirky story that lingers in the mind like a disturbing dream The fascinating symbolism and ego mythology of Abel s uniue and contentedly lonely mind after having spread to saturate every event and path of the story are swiftly drawn back in a taut synthesis for the perfectly realized final pages The dialectic between innocence as a guileless love of being of man of life and its malignant inversion purity a satanic hatred of all that innocence cherishes holds place of primacy along with those of freshness versus corruption chaste desire against lust and the boundaries of amorality Abel imagines himself an innocent but why then his need to be anointed by that of a child Abel s immense capacity for sacrifice and compassion exist right alongside his utter indifference to the suffering of the majority of humanity who don t conform to his ideals the children he so gently carries have been cruelly ripped from the arms of their parents and a mother s tears move him no than the death throes of the Third Reich Unrealized guilt yet contains the potentiality for redemption that is immanent in culpability Not until the horrific joke played out by the malignant streams of fate is revealed to him in all the fullness of its macabre glory does Abel finally understand the price of phoria and truly behold the Erl King s sovereignty the inescapable fate in store for the Ogre whether in the pellucid realm of fairy tale or the grim theatre of reality

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READ Le Roi des Aulnes 107 E passage of strange gentle Abel Tiffauges from submissive schoolboy to ogre of the Nazi school at the castle of Kaltenborn taking us deeper into the dark heart of fascism than any Do you not hear what the Erlking uietly promises meThe title of this brilliant novel comes from a poem by Goethe and traces back the love and admiration that the French novelist Michel Tournier 1924 2016 felt for Germany His father being a renowned expert in that country s culture the boy learned the language at an early age He was raised with a German model in mind and a compulsive cult for order Published in 1970 the novel is centered in the figure of Abel Tiffauges who we follow throughout his life In the first part of the book by his crits sinistres sinister writings a diary written with the left hand where we learn of his vices and obscure views of the world and in the second part by a third person narrator from 1938 to 1945 In Goethe s poem the ErlKing is a bleak mythical elf who is said to linger in the woods Erlk nig means literarily Alder King in French Le Roi des AulnesTiffauges vous tes un lecteur de signes je l ai bien vu et d ailleurs vous me l avez prouv Vous avez cru d couvrir dans l Allemagne le pays des essences pures o tout ce ui passe est symbole tout ce ui se passe parabole Et vous avez raison D ailleurs un homme maru par le destin est vou fatalement finir en Allemagne comme le papillon ui tournoie dans la nuit finit toujours par trouver la source de lumi re ui l enivre et le tue Mais il vous reste beaucoup apprendre Jusu ici vous avez d couvert des signes sur les choses comme les lettres et les chiffres u on lit sur une borne Ce n est ue la forme faible de l existence symboliue Mais n allez pas croire ue les signes soient toujours d inoffensives et faibles abstractions Tiffauges you are a sign reader I have seen it and by the way you have proved it to me You thought you would discover in Germany the land of pure essences where everything that passes is a symbol everything that happens parable And you re right Moreover a man marked by fate is doomed fatally to end up in Germany as the butterfly that spins in the night always ends up finding the source of light that intoxicates and kills him But you still have a lot to learn So far you have discovered signs about things such as letters and numbers that are read on a terminal This is only the weak form of symbolic existence But don t think the signs are always harmless and weak abstractions Abel Tiffauges was a car mechanic who lived in the district of Champerret in Paris and believed he was a fairy tale character He was obsessed with deciphering signs all around him While holding an injured fellow worker in his arms he experienced a revelation that would prove crucial in his view and understanding of life The word phorie in French relates to the act of holding the world or a boy as Saint Christophe the patron saint of his school according to legend held once the boy Jesus in his arms and carried him to the other side of a river With this image in mind he patiently awaited the heroic moment that eventually would arrive Erkl nig Moritz von Schwind 1804 1871Car s il y a dans la Gen se une chute de l homme ce n est pas dans l pisode de la pomme ui marue une promotion au contraire l accession la connaissance du bien et du mal mais dans cette dislocation ui brisa en trois l Adam originel faisant choir de l homme la femme puis l enfant cr ant d un coup ces trois malheureux l enfant ternel orphelin la femme esseul e apeur e toujours la recherche d un protecteur l homme l ger alerte mais comme un roi u on a d pouill de tous ses attributs pour le soumettre des travaux serviles For if there is a fall of man in Genesis it is not in the episode of the apple which marks a promotion on the contrary the accession to the knowledge of good and evil but in this dislocation which broke the original Adam in three bringing down the man the woman then the child suddenly creating these three unfortunates the eternal orphaned child the lonely frightened woman always in search of a protector the light man alert but like a king who has been stripped of all his attributes to subject him to servile work The author makes a strong case of the idea that good and evil live together in the mind of his fictional character The paroxysm of opposites seems to haunt him in the crucial moments of his life The ambivalence of human beings is put into uestion as the novel evolves Tiffauges finds it hard to fit in his social role when the community unjustly points a finger at him Deep inside he expects that same society to someday redeem him A loner by nature Michel Tournier lived for most of his life secluded in Chevreuse a commune outside Paris where he wrote in solitude His early formation was devoted to Philosophy an important presence in his fiction In Le Roi des Aulnes there is no exploration or innovation of formal structures There is however luminous originality in the writing superb richness of language and impeccably built prose baroue in nature surrounded by persuasive rhythmic vitality Erkl nig Julius Sergius von Klever 1850 1924Tournier said he lacked imagination and declared in interviews that the invented parts are minimum in the overall plan of the story There is a strong influence of Flaubert in his writing that is reflected in specific sections of the plot Like the 19th century novelist he saw himself as a collector of stories from history and everyday life Tiffauges first a prisoner during the war and gradually engaged by the Nazi regime is seen as an ogre by the outside world although he considered himself righteous and noble But is he really so evil The uestion remains opened and is resolved epically in the last scene biblical in its conception bringing the mythical figure to human proportions in the grandiose apotheosis of the novel Erlk nig poem by Goethe music by Franz SchubertThe setting of Goethe s poem Erlk nig composed by Franz Schubert when he was 18 years old and performed in this historic video by the legendary Dietrich Fischer Dieskau ERLK NIG Who rides so late where winds blow wildIt is the father grasping his child He holds the boy embraced in his armHe clasps him snugly he keeps him warmMy son why cover your face in such fearO don t you see the ErlKing nearThe ErlKing with his crown and trainMy son the mist is on the plainSweet lad o come and join me doSuch pretty games I ll play with you On the shore gay flowers their colors unfoldMy mother has made you a garment of goldMy father my father o can you not hearThe promise the ErlKing breathes in my earBe calm stay calm my child lie lowIn withered leaves the night winds blowWill you sweet lad come along with meMy daughters shall care for you tenderly In the night my daughters their revelry keepThey ll rock you and dance you and sing you to sleepMy father my father o can you not traceThe ErlKing s daughters in that gloomy placeMy son my son I see it clearHow grey the ancient willows appearI love you your comeliness charms me my boyAnd if you re not willing then force I ll employNow father o father he s seizing my armThe ErlKing has done me the cruelest harmThe father shudders his ride is wildIn his arms he s holding the shivering childHe reaches home with toil and dreadIn his arms the child was dead Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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READ Le Roi des Aulnes 107 Novel since The Tin Drum Until the very last page when Abel meets his mystic fate in the collapsing ruins of the Third Reich it shocks us dazzles us and above all holds us spellboun The ogre of the title is Abel Tiffauges a French mechanic who first appears a kind of autistic naif strange rather than frightening in his obsessions or perversions It begins in France 1938 in the years before Hitler s invasion then as the war progresses the setting moves eastward into a winter world of horror and ultimately transcendence which I admit doesn t tell you much It s an unusual demanding novel to my mind a work of genius unlike anything I ve ever read including the other great eually odd novels of Tournier Gemini Friday The Four Wise MenNot a book for the weak hearted

  • Paperback
  • 373
  • Le Roi des Aulnes
  • Michel Tournier
  • English
  • 06 July 2018
  • 9780801855900