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Le Clézio’s The Prospector: from tropical beaches to the trenches of the Somme

J .M.G. Le Clézio’s protagonist goes looking for pirate gold, but ends up on the hellish Western Front in this exquisite, newly translated novel from 1985

4 June 2016

9:00 AM

4 June 2016

9:00 AM

The Prospector J.M.G. Le Clézio, translated by C. Dickson

Atlantic, pp.340, £17.99, ISBN: 9781848873773

It is not easy to avoid clichés when writing about J.M.G. Le Clézio. Born in Nice in 1940, the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature is known in the Anglophone world as an ex-experimental novelist. His early work, exploring language and insanity, was praised by Michel Foucault. But since the 1970s his style has become more mainstream and his subjects — childhood, travel and landscape — more lyrical.

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