Awards season in full swing. Yesterday, the Femina (...) and the Medici (...). Monday, the Goncourt and the Renaudot. Charles Dantzig is serene. It is not in the race. His new essay, "Why read", has already been crowned by the grand prix Jean Giono and began a career in library. Especially, rewards, it in has already gathered many: Paul Verlaine Award ("the century starts!", poetry, 1996), the prix Roger Nimier and Jean FreustiÃ© ("Our early lives", novel, 2001), prices December, of the test of the AcadÃ©mie franÃ§aise and the readers of "She" ("Selfish French literature dictionary", 2005) and price DumÃ©nil ("the encyclopedia capricious at all and the nothing")(2009). Him, so quick to shoot everything that moves, shown relative indulgence for a yet very criticized the price system. "When I received my first award, I knew no one in Paris." Prices, these are writers who consider other writers. What is this idea that the literary environment would be the only one not to be a medium It is the same in the car or the pharmacy, people talk about what they know. The French Edition is promoted by the literary awards, where is the scandal It is better that the Guinness Book of records, not It is the authority that creates the environment. This is a good French exception that the world want us.
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Flaubert as a Missal
When it comes to literature, Danzig heats quickly. The books, it is his life. As a child, already, he had readings "above his age", as indicated a notes newsletter which made the joy of his father on his death bed. At the age where his small comrades discover Enid Blyton, she Revels of Verlaine. On the inner door of his Cabinet, Tarbes, hometown of ThÃ©ophile Gautier and tarbais beans, he scotche in secret "Previous life" of a certain Charles Baudelaire, poem copied by hand to the back of a poster ("I long lived large gantry/that as marine Suns coverlet thousand lights"...). At the mass, he enjoyed "The Charterhouse of Parma", concealed under the cover of the Missal, giving first communiant tunes.
Mounted in Paris at the age of twenty-eight years, Patrick Lefebvre became Charles Dantzig. Charles Because it is more chic. Danzig He refuses to answer. When it it was noted that this pot is inconsistent with the statement, read under his pen: "I am very for the revelation of the secrets", he smiles: "add: and for bad faith...".
Leaving the drawn avenues that lead to success, Danzig flows into the fray germanopratine with a book on the very forgotten Remy de Gourmont and books of poetry - one of them to the magical title: "what is really going in the webs of Jouy. His first stir of author comes the day where he discovered one of his pamphlets in front of the librairie La Hune, at Saint-Germain-des-PrÃ©s.
After this test run, he entered as a Publisher at Grasset, he goes crying out in the corridors that it set out to write a literary dictionary. When talking about it, he was forced to write it, following the word of Cocteau: "Sell the skin of the bear forces to kill him." At the exit of the book, Grasset staff bet on sales of the large baby (968 pages). The more generous press service manager Claude Dalla torus, while quiconnaÃ®t his world, development best 6,000; It is to sell more than 70,000.
Five years later, the Tarbais is the darling of the literary and media tout. "I am become a phenomenon..." I am asked everywhere. I have articles in "La Nacion", the "Times", "La repubblica"... I invented the category of unsellable books are sold. I would have proposed a selfish dictionary of my socks, I would have found a Publisher! I would never answer to a command. I write singing me and people feel well. "Sign of celebrity, it now knows his taste for the sorbet to the Mara of the wood, for Ceylon in bulk from the hills of Uva, the cocktail pool (champagne, vodka, liqueur of violet), truffle risotto and the rabbit in jelly in lice (honourable House of the Ternes avenue which has as its only disadvantage, in his eyes)(, require him to cross the Seine)
We know also of his distastes, to his annoyance. Towards shirts yellow (), cafÃ© Florian in Venice, the mundane priests, Sartre and Beauvoir, the series "Twilight", Hugo ("this is the General Club!") and GÃ©rard de Villiers. For those who have never been Latin. Those who laugh too hard. Those who send SMS messages in sympathy. Those who do not like the Italians (he made over any Bellini and Rossini). For those, finally, worthy of the fessÃ©es: Napoleon, Yasmina Reza and "three-fifths of the Mitford sisters". With, regarding the latter, this comment: "It's because they had relationships that it has not imprisoned these infernal connes."
But what he despises the most literary critics - "the rabble and thieves". In his "capricious encyclopedia", he noted: "If I was drawing the list of all ignorance of criticism that I have observed, this book is insufficient." Literary criticism is the only trade that can exercise without knowing who is Jules Laforgue or Guillaume de Machaut, as if a surgeon could operate without knowing the difference between the foot and the ear. "In" why read ". ", it gives a layer. After a few days in apnea in literary criticism, it shows "like to have searched the garbage." I made the discovery of a woman great j. of the style of others who writes like a snapping schoolgirl and who, because she wrote platitudes with brutality, feels insightful. She likes to attack the writers. People who attack do not always have the talent. It is for this that he have no often than vulgarity. "When he pointed out that a few years ago, it was brought to the Bernard Frank nuespar, who will devote not less than five - five! -chronic "dictionary selfish...". "in rapturous terms, he admits:"I am here only for four or five dÃ©gueuleurs Chief of the city of Paris... ".
The passion of Danzig for the literature is not without risk. It happened to him to pull a car door when reading or driving at 160 km/h on the motorway a book on his wheel. They may also bumping against a timestamp and apologize. But Danzig assured him: he will never return to the pÃ©ripatÃ©ticienne practice; calls on the insurgency: "that all readers are like me." Walk the streets looked at books! Executives will slow down in their beautiful cars. They emerge delighted. In the air will lay their towel face skin! Will be flying the operating accounts and the stock market prices! Had industry ties, is Ã´teront jackets! "Then the cities will be populated with really serious people who dressed in loincloths and accompanied to the flute will sing verses of Homer"! "You are talking about, Charles...