The novel truth

Toute synthèse est incomplète qui aboutit à un objet ou à un concept abstrait
et non à une relation vivante entre deux individus.

Fifty years ago René Girard published Mensonge romantique et vérité romanesque. At first sight a critical history of the European novel from Cervantes to Sartre, the essay at one blow deflates theories of modernity such as psychoanalysis or existentialism. Modern man is not the autonomous individual he presumes to be, we read between the lines of literary critique. → Read More