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The Samurai

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A portrait of Parisian intellectuals of the 1960s as seen through the eyes of Olga, a young Eastern European who comes to Paris to write a literary thesis, and finds herself immediately swept into the world of a group of young leftist thinkers and writers known as the Samurai.
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published November 18th 1992 by Columbia University Press (first published March 1st 1990)
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Mar 13, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok
Despite how much as I love Kristeva as a theorist, I cannot say I loved this novel at all. Though clad in the wrappings of fiction, the novel's plot and characters are based directly on Kristeva's own years as a graduate student and post-doc in Paris and is useful to scholars interested in her life and work for this reason, but the writing is simply not up to what you'd expect from a highly-intelligent author who is also an astute reader and critic of Proust. None of the affection for complex de ...more
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Proving that great literary theorists can write novels just as trite as anyone else's. "You're so beautiful when you're angry." "He exploded inside her." Blech.
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Julia Kristeva is a French psychoanalyst, sociologist, critic and philosopher. She researches on psychoanalysis of the Lacanian tradition, and has interest in semiotics. She also founded the Simone de Beauvoir Prize.
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