Palace of Books

Book Title Palace of Books
Author Name Roger Grenier
Publishing house University of Chicago Press
Country – city USA
Date of issue 2016
Number of pages 158 

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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.

About the Author

Roger Grenier (1919-2017) was a French journalist, writer, and editor. He published over thirty novels, short stories, and literary essays and was the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Grand Prix de Littéature de l’Académie Française. For many years he was an editor at France’s leading publishing house, Editions Gallimard.

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