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It may not be immediately clear why anyone should bother to demolish Nisard. Who on earth, after all, is Désiré Nisard? A nineteenth-century literary critic, pedagogue, and member of the Académie Française, an ardent champion of the glories of seventeenth-century France, an implacable foe of the literature of his own age, a long-forgotten footnote in literary history. An u ...more
Paperback, 135 pages
Published August 18th 2011 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published October 10th 2006)
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Monica Carter
May 31, 2011 Monica Carter rated it liked it
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I have to cram all of Nisard into this book, that he might in the end be ejected from it with one mighty blast, leaving no seed behind, no stump, no cluster of gelatinous eggs to doom my endeavor. I've set out to destroy Nisard, and my intention is most certainly not to give him a scolding, nor even a sound thrashing, nor to embellish his broad, pallid face with a shining black eye and empurpled nose: might as well man the pump that keeps his blood flowing! No, I want to erase the very memory o
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Micah
Jul 24, 2011 Micah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Démolir Nisard is bizarre much in the same manner as the wonderful La Nébuleuse du Crabe. I just can't get enough of the species of strange comedy that Chevillard offers and in such delicious prose. I was pressed for time as I read this book and have rated it 3/5 due to the fact that I did not take the time to understand some of the stranger passages. But I feel that after taking time to read the text yet again, I would easily love it. I'm hoping that taking a glance through the just released tr ...more
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Éric Chevillard is a French novelist. He has won awards for several novels including La nébuleuse du crabe in 1993, which won the Fénéon Prize for Literature.

His work often plays with the codes of narration sometimes to the degree that it is even difficult to understand which story is related in his books, and has consequently been classified as postmodern literature. He has been noted for his ass
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