13 November 2013

Emmanuel Bove: Cimetière du Montparnasse #8




Emmanuel Bove (1898–1945) lived a childhood of poverty and deracination which deeply affected him throughout his life, and through which he sought exorcism through writing. According to a fascinating article researched by Jean-Luc Bitton, Bove (never at home anywhere really) walked out on his wife and two children, re-married (this time to Louise Ottensouser) and was left to maintain three households: his own, his ex-wife's, and that of his mother and brother. In the years 1927 and 1928, he produced eleven novels or collections of short stories.

Interestingly, Bove, who has been described as 'an interwar novelist and painter of social and psychological misery', has had several novels translated by Peter Handke.

My first – and very long – post on the Cimetière du Montparnasse, plus a link to an earlier post I wrote on one of Bove's books:

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Montparnasse Cemetery / Cimetière du Montparnasse

Emmanuel Bove: Le Piège (1945)

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