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By Alain-René Lesage

En 1715, l'auteur à succès du Diable boiteux et de Turcaret publie les deux premiers tomes de l'Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (livres I à VI). D'abord tenu pour une imitation servile — Voltaire, volontiers calomniateur, affirma que le récit était entièrement repris d'un roman picaresque espagnol, le Marcos de Obregon de Vicente Espinel —, Gil Blas fut loué par les plus grands écrivains du siècle suivant, de Walter Scott à Flaubert, en passant par Sainte-Beuve et Hugo. Aujourd'hui, il s'impose comme l'un des romans les plus novateurs du XVIIIe siècle. Dans ces mémoires fictifs, qui retracent los angeles carrière d'un héros médiocre, cantonné dans l. a. domesticité, dupé par des aigrefins de tous ordres et ballotté d'un milieu à l'autre, Lesage joue en virtuose de l. a. veine picaresque, de los angeles satire moliéresque, de los angeles comédie galante et de los angeles farce cruelle... Inventant un sort inédit de roman comique, il interact une réflexion sur le matériau de l. a. fiction et sur son détournement parodique. À lire Gil Blas, on se dit que Lesage eût été à notre époque l'inventeur du western spaghetti.

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A great deal of the novel is carried by interior monologue, or by the narrative of personal or non-personal observers, or by parody and pastiche, but there are odd corners of the recit that call for the artist to present his own statement, richly but in total self-effacement. Let us look at the very opening. ough the tnlnd of Stephen Dedalus, who is still to come up the staIrs of the Martello tower into the bright June morning: Stately, plump ~uck Mullig~ came from the starrhead, bearing a bowl of lather o~ whIch a mmor and a razor lay crossed.

Ringsend: WIgwams of~rown steersmen and master mariners. Human shells. ly knitted into each other. But the Joyce descrlpttvetechmque IS clearly in evidence. The vocabulary for instance, is almost totally Anglo-Saxon; even the few words of Romance origin have long been assimilated to the language. d the rest - have the effect of emphasising the ~eutomc baSIS of the. vocabulary, essential in a piece of descriptIOn of a northern littoral. The task of relating the elemental donnees to tJ:'e current ~f human life is left to Stephen who, typically, does It through hterature.

MOlltonner, the French said. A homely and just word. These brief interior monologues could quite easily, if there were a sympathetic interlocutor present, be direct speech: there are none of the ellipses which characterise the inner inusings of Bloom and Stephen. They represent an intermediate stage between speech and thought and suggest what is so often found in Dickens - stream-of-consciousness language which becomes comic by being externalised. Mrs Nickleby provides some good examples: Nature, as well as Dublin, defers to Father Conmee.

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