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Novels 1942-1954 : Go Down, Moses / Intruder in the Dust / Requiem for a Nun / A Fable

de William Faulkner

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The years 1942 to 1954 saw William Faulkner's rise to literary celebrity - sought after by Hollywood, lionized by the critics, awarded a Nobel Prize in 1950 and the Pulitzer and National Book Award for 1954. But despite his success, he was plagued by depression and alcohol and haunted by a sense that he had more to achieve - and a finite amount of time and energy to achieve it. This volume - the third in The Library of America's new, authoritative edition of Faulkner's complete works - collects the novels written during this crucial and fascinating period in his career. The newly restored texts, based on Faulkner's manuscripts, typescripts, and proof sheets, are free of the changes introduced by the original editors and are faithful to the author's intentions. In the four works included here, Faulkner delved deeper into themes of race and religion, and furthered his experiments with fictional structure and narrative voice; defying the odds, he continued to break new ground in American fiction. Go Down, Moses (1942) is a haunting novel made up of seven related stories that explore the intertwined lives of black, white, and Indian inhabitants of Yoknapatawpha County. It includes "The Bear", one of the most famous works in all American fiction, with its evocation of "the wilderness, the big woods, bigger and older than any recorded document". Characters from Go Down, Moses reappear in Intruder in the Dust (1948). Part detective novel, part morality tale, it is a compassionate story of a black man on trial and the growing moral awareness of a southern white boy. Requiem for a Nun (1951) is a sequel to Sanctuary. With an unusual structure combining novel and play, it tells the fate of thepassionate, haunted Temple Drake and the murder case through which she achieves a tortured redemption. Prose interludes condense millennia of local history into a swirling counterpoint. In A Fable (1954), Faulkner's recasting of the Christ story set during World War I, he wanted, he said, "to try to tell what I had found in my lifetime of truth in some important way before I had to put the pen down and die". The novel, which earned a Pulitzer Prize, is both an anguished spiritual parable and a drama of mutiny, betrayal, and violence in the barracks and on the battlefields.… (mais)
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Faulkner whose writings are already fading away forgotten in the dustbins of literary forgetfulness, leaves in this volume a sense of growing uncertainty reflected in his writings, longing to know for certainty but falls far short of it. Here some of the stories continue that thread trying to reach that certainty. ( )
  walterhistory | Apr 24, 2024 |
A Fable: Another very difficult read by William Faulkner. As in his other novels, I feel as a member of an extraterrestrial race trying to understand the language of humanity. Or maybe it's the other way around, Faulkner is from another (better) planet. Faulkner speaks for all of us, about all of us, but uses a language that has not yet been invented. Think about people living in Vienna in the 1820's who happened to listen to Beethoven's last quartets or piano sonatas. It took over a hundred years for these pieces to become routine pieces to play or record. Same here. We have to struggle with his writing because it comes from another place, space, world. But it does show profound knowledge of man's affairs and struggles.
The most amazing feature of his writing, to me, is the lack of time parameters. He reached the peak of artistic use of this technique with the beginning of Sound & Fury, but the Fable is a good example as well. What happens happens many times, in different parts of the book, and in the same sentence often one finds links to three or even more threads, episodes with a three-legged horse in Kansas are knitted together with a woman in France, 1918, a piece of bread, a minister and the FBI! Of course you will not get it, this is the whole point, this is a real BOOK not a story. To give an example, try to make a movie out of this parable and it will last 1/2 hour and suck for the most part. Instead, read Faulkner as you would read in a foreign language, with a pencil and paper on your bedside table, take notes, reread often. There is no rush, quite the opposite, the more you save for tomorrow the better your week will be! ( )
  Lapsus16 | Aug 20, 2011 |
Includes Go Down, Moses, Intruder in the dust, Requiem for a nun, A fable
  dustuck | Jul 5, 2017 |
"Go down, Moses", "Intruder in the dust", "Requiem for a nun", "A fable"
  IICANA | Apr 20, 2016 |
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The years 1942 to 1954 saw William Faulkner's rise to literary celebrity - sought after by Hollywood, lionized by the critics, awarded a Nobel Prize in 1950 and the Pulitzer and National Book Award for 1954. But despite his success, he was plagued by depression and alcohol and haunted by a sense that he had more to achieve - and a finite amount of time and energy to achieve it. This volume - the third in The Library of America's new, authoritative edition of Faulkner's complete works - collects the novels written during this crucial and fascinating period in his career. The newly restored texts, based on Faulkner's manuscripts, typescripts, and proof sheets, are free of the changes introduced by the original editors and are faithful to the author's intentions. In the four works included here, Faulkner delved deeper into themes of race and religion, and furthered his experiments with fictional structure and narrative voice; defying the odds, he continued to break new ground in American fiction. Go Down, Moses (1942) is a haunting novel made up of seven related stories that explore the intertwined lives of black, white, and Indian inhabitants of Yoknapatawpha County. It includes "The Bear", one of the most famous works in all American fiction, with its evocation of "the wilderness, the big woods, bigger and older than any recorded document". Characters from Go Down, Moses reappear in Intruder in the Dust (1948). Part detective novel, part morality tale, it is a compassionate story of a black man on trial and the growing moral awareness of a southern white boy. Requiem for a Nun (1951) is a sequel to Sanctuary. With an unusual structure combining novel and play, it tells the fate of thepassionate, haunted Temple Drake and the murder case through which she achieves a tortured redemption. Prose interludes condense millennia of local history into a swirling counterpoint. In A Fable (1954), Faulkner's recasting of the Christ story set during World War I, he wanted, he said, "to try to tell what I had found in my lifetime of truth in some important way before I had to put the pen down and die". The novel, which earned a Pulitzer Prize, is both an anguished spiritual parable and a drama of mutiny, betrayal, and violence in the barracks and on the battlefields.

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