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Au Revoir, Tristesse

Lessons in Happiness from French Literature

Viv Groskop



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09 September 2021
A lighthearted look at how to bring more humor, happiness, and joie de vivre into our lives through French literature Like many people the world over, Viv Groskop wishes she was a little more French. A writer, comedian, and journalist, Groskop studied the language obsessively starting at age 11, and spent every vacation in France, desperate to escape her Englishness and to have some French chic rub off on her. In Au Revoir, Tristesse, Groskop mixes literary history and memoir to explore how the classics of French literature can infuse our lives with joie de vivre and teach us how to say goodbye to sadness. From the frothy hedonism of Colette and the wit of Cyrano de Bergerac to the intoxicating universe of Marguerite Duras and the heady passions of Les Liaisons dangereuses, this is a love letter to great French writers. With chapters on Marcel Proust, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Stendhal, Honore de Balzac, Albert Camus, and of course Francoise Sagan, this is a delectable read for book lovers everywhere.
By:   Viv Groskop
Imprint:   Abrams
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9781419747885
ISBN 10:   1419747886
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   09 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian, writer, and broadcaster. She is the author of The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature. She writes for the Guardian, Observer, and Financial Times and has a weekly column in the New European. She lives in London.

Reviews for Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature

a lighthearted and insightful dip into cheerfully, whether to recall novels read years ago or to find an entertaining entree into those yet unread. -- Publishers Weekly thoughtful...a lighthearted read for all fans of French literature -- Kirkus Reviews Groskop's combination of her own memories, what the novels meant to her at different stages in her life, her description of the authors, along with her description of the novels, will have readers eagerly turning the book's pages. They'll also be making a list of novels they want to buy, and movies they want to see. -- Forbes Groskop skillfully juggles memoir, biography, philosophy, and literary criticism to create a delightful tour through some of French literature's greats. As a guide she is top notch: witty, infectiously engaged, and always thoughtful. This book will charm both newcomers and Francophiles alike. --Madeline Miller author of The Song of Achilles and Circe Ms. Groskop is a skilled raconteuse who brings people--and the page--to life. She writes with a self-deprecating appreciation of the Frenchman or -woman manque(e) that lurks in us all. You don't have to be a savant to enjoy this book... Au Revoir, Tristesse will make a witty, seductive companion. -- The Wall Street Journal

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