Christmas at the Four Corners of the Earth PDF/EPUB ´

Christmas at the Four Corners of the Earth The twelve trans realist prose sketches in Christmas at the Four Corners of the Earth take the reader to Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Rotterdam, China, New Mexico, New Zealand, the Ardennes Forest, and the south Atlantic oceanWorking together they are antithesis to sentimental Christmas stories This is a short but wonderful book wherein, as the title states, Cendrars describes Christmases he s encountered on some of his many travels to locales exotic and not so exotic Its my understanding that these short tales were originally broadcast as radio pieces His descriptions are full of the adventurous, swift modernism that makes all his books so exciting It makes me wish some of his other books were in print in English, especially the one translated as Planus, in which Cendrars writes ab This is a short but wonderful book wherein, as the title states, Cendrars describes Christmases he s encountered on some of his many travels to locales exotic and not so exotic Its my understanding that these short tales were originally broadcast as radio pieces His descriptions are full of the adventurous, swift modernism that makes all his books so exciting It makes me wish some of his other books were in print in English, especially the one translated as Planus, in which Cendrars writes about the various ports of his travels Either that, or I re learn the French of my high school years which I promptly lost from lack of use It would be worth it to read Cendrars At times a bit violent, this is still a Christmas perspective that I find deeply comforting I ve got an affinity happening here Some kind of yuletide continuity Alright Keep it tight, it ain t worth the fight. I was going to read all of Blaise Cendrars, but his time has passed I have one comprehensive book of poetry to read, then I m done with him I did pick up some interesting tidbits in the footnotes which often happens The idea of pays du tendre or land of heart s desire The obscure writer Mademoiselle de Scudery 1607 1701 General Chung li Ma, a psychopathic butcher during WWII The concept of Asklepios, founder of Greek medicine and the word for mistletoe The ability, with mistletoe I was going to read all of Blaise Cendrars, but his time has passed I have one comprehensive book of poetry to read, then I m done with him I did pick up some interesting tidbits in the footnotes which often happens The idea of pays du tendre or land of heart s desire The obscure writer Mademoiselle de Scudery 1607 1701 General Chung li Ma, a psychopathic butcher during WWII The concept of Asklepios, founder of Greek medicine and the word for mistletoe The ability, with mistletoe in hand, to visit the underworld and return at will to the upper air Those people and ideas I will be exploring further


About the Author: Blaise Cendrars

Fr d ric Louis Sauser, better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss novelist and poet naturalized French in 1916 He was a writer of considerable influence in the modernist movement.His father, an inventor businessman, was Swiss, his mother Scottish He spent his childhood in Alexandria, Naples, Brindisi, Neuch tel, and numerous other places, while accompanying his father, who endlessly pursued business schemes, none successfully.At the age of fifteen, Cendrars left home to travel in Russia, Persia, China while working as a jewel merchant several years later, he wrote about this in his poem, Transiberien He was in Paris before 1910, where he got in touch with several names of Paris b lle poque Guillaume Apollinaire, Modigliani, Marc Chagall and manyCendrars then traveled to America, where he wrote his first long poem P ques New York The next year appeared The Transsib rien.When he came back to France, I World War was started and he joined the French Foreign Legion He was sent to the front line in the Somme where from mid December 1914 until February 1915 During the attacks in Champagne in September 1915 that Cendrars lost his right arm He described this war experience in the books La Main coup e After the war he returned to Paris, becaming an important part of the artistic community in Montparnasse There, among others, used to meet with other writers such as Henry Miller, John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway During the 1920 s he published two long novels, Moravagine and Les Confessions de Dan Yack Into the 1930 s published a number of novelized biographies or volumes of extravagant reporting, such as L Or, based on the life of John August Sutter, and Rhum, reportage romance dealing with the life and trials of Jean Galmont, a misfired Cecil Rhodes of Guiana.La Belle Epoque was the great age of discovery in arts and letters Cendrars, very much of the epoch, was sketched by Caruso, painted by L on Bakst, by L ger, by Modigliani, by Chagall and in his turn helped discover Negro art, jazz, and the modern music of Les Six His home base was always Paris, for several years in the Rue de Savoie, later, for many years, in the Avenue Montaigne, and in the country, his little house at Tremblay sur Mauldre Seine et Oise , though he continued to travel extensively He worked for a short while in Hollywood in 1936, at the time of the filming of Sutter s Gold From 1924 to 1936, went so constantly to South America This life globertrottering life was pictured in his book Bourlinguer, published in 1948 Another remarkable works apparead in the 40s were L Homme Foudroy 1945 , La Main Coup e 1946 , Le Lotissement du Ciel 1949 , that constitute his best and most important work His last major work was published in 1957, entitled Trop, C est Trop Sources


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