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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A collection of funny and fantastical short stories, Marcel Ayme's The Man Who Walked through Walls Le Passe-muraille , is a classic of French literature, loved by children and adults alike.
Monsieur Dutilleul has always been able to walk through walls but has never bothered using his gift, given the general availability of doors.
One day, however, his bullying boss drives him to desperate measures, and he develops a taste for intramural travel The titular tale sets the tone for this collection of ten stories from the great French humourist, novelist and children's writer Marcel Ayme.
Elements of science-fiction and fantasy are present throughout this volume, written under Nazi occupation during the Second World War, which pokes fun at the occupiers and occupied alike.
Set in Paris's Montmartre district, these stories have spawned a number of films, including Jean Boyer's classic Garou Garou, le passe-muraille and Yvan Attal's Les Sabines starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, as well as a musical, Amour, which won the Prix Moliere in France before an English version conquered Broadway.
And, as with all true love, I am neither ashamed nor afraid to declare it to the world. Born in the Franche-Comte of Eastern France, he never lost touch with his rural origins, which influenced much of his work. Initially perceived as a man of the left, throughout his life Ayme espoused causes from across the political spectrum, for example apparently supporting Mussolini's colonialism in Africa whilst also campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty.
He attracted much controversy for his writings for collaborationist magazines during the Second World War, and his defence of Nazi-sympathising friends including Louis-Ferdinand Celine and Robert Brasillach in the post-war years. Nevertheless Ayme retains an important place in French culture. He championed Serge Gainsbourg in his early career, writing the liner notes for his debut album Du chant a la une!.
This collection of stories is particularly famous, and a dozen of his novels have been turned into films, among them the classics of French cinema La Traversee de Paris, La Vouivre and Uranus. Read more Read less. Review I have fallen utterly, completely and eternally in love with this writer. And, as with all true love, I am neither ashamed nor afraid to declare it to the world -- Nicholas Lezard The Guardian The greatest French writer of the day -- Georges Simenon All of his writings are characterized by their irony, humour and realism, and are concerned with unearthing and examining Marcel Ayme was one of the great French writers of the twentieth century.
Nevertheless Ayme has remained hugely popular in France - this collection is particularly famous, and a dozen of his novels have been turned into films, among them the classics of French cinema La Traversee de Paris, La Vouivre and Uranus. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings?
The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Absolutely remarkable tales! Ayme draws one in immediately, the fantastic becomes not only real, but believable. Another in a series of superior small Pushkin Press paperbacks I have been collecting these Pushkin Press books for years - an exceptional roster of writers, mostly in translation.
I find these books not only a pleasure to read, but also s pleasure to hold! This is a book about space, time, story telling and civic responsibility among other things. It is a flawless collection of conceptual pieces, each written in the kind of clear prose that belies the work that went into it.
Each story presents fresh insights and provokes new thoughts. It is difficult to understand how one writer can have so much range. A life-enhancing game-changer of a book. A delightful story. The title says it all. The best was The Man who walked through walls Totally different stories. I liked them, but my husband lost interest The title is that of the first of a set of mostly surrealist short stories in which a man can really walk through walls, and we see the uses to which he puts this gift.
A beautifully judged story of just the right length. This cannot be said of the next one, entitled "Sabine Women", is about a woman called Sabine who has the ability at will to multiply herself with identities that live in totally different locations. Moreover, each of the likenesses has the capacity to do the same, so in the end there are sixty-seven thousand look-alikes all over the world, each of them in some way linked to the experiences of any one of them.
Not only does their ability to multiply run out of control like the broom in the Sorcerer's Apprentice , but so, I think, does the story itself, which is wild and much too long.
The title of the next story is "Tickets in Time". In this one the government has a way unexplained of temporarily killing unproductive citizens - they disappear from the land of the living for a number of days each month. They are given tickets to indicate the number of days docked each month, the number depending on the degree of their unproductivity.
They come back to life when the new month begins. What would be the effect of such a scheme? In the Vatican gave relief to a world weary of the war by ordaining that time should advance by seventeen years.
What happens to a Frenchman when he suddenly finds himself living seventeen years later with the knowledge of what happened in the interval? And after he has lived for some time in that future, what happens when, for some unaccountable reason, he suddenly finds himself back in ? There is nothing surrealistic about the next story, "The Proverb", a painful story of paternal bullying, with an unexpectedly charitable ending.
The title gives you a clue to this the zaniest of all the stories in the book. Until the last paragraph this story is less supernatural than the others, but examines gang-relationships and the touching relationship of one of the gang to his mother. But when the time comes, God and St Peter are still at odds. They explain the misery of their lives in war-time, mostly at great length. The war seems never-ending, and so does this story. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A collection of funny and fantastical short stories, Marcel Ayme's The Man Who Walked through Walls Le Passe-muraille , is a classic of French literature, loved by children and adults alike. Monsieur Dutilleul has always been able to walk through walls but has never bothered using his gift, given the general availability of doors.
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