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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  721 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Ce livre écrit sous la forme d'un dialogue entre Nathalie Sarraute et son double qui, par ses mises en garde, ses scrupules, ses interrogations, son insistance, l'aide à faire surgir « quelques moments, quelques mouvements encore intacts, assez forts pour se dégager de cette couche protectrice qui les conserve, de ces épaisseurs [...] ouatées qui se défont et disparaissent ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 277 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Editions Gallimard (first published 1983)
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What an amazing writer--I've read Sarraute's Planetarium, which is strange and wonderful--this is her memoir but written in her unique interrogatory style. It was of specific interest to me because she's exactly the same age as the character I'm writing about now--born in 1900 in Russia--her intellectual and bohemian mother and scientist/social revolutionary father both intriguing personages... seen in the very subjective point of view of a bright child--who is observing her own mental processes ...more
May 04, 2014 Yann added it
Shelves: france, biographie, russie
C'est apaisant, c'est rassurant d'être là toute seule enfermée dans ma chambre... personne ne viendra me déranger, je "fais mes devoirs", j'accomplis un devoir que tout le monde respecte... Lili crie, Véra se fâche je ne sais contre quoi ni contre qui, des gens vont et viennent derrière ma porte, rien de tout cela ne me concerne... J'essuie ma plume sur un petit carré de feutre, je la trempe dans le flacon d'encre noire, je recouvre en faisant très attention... il faut qu'il n'y ait aucune bavur ...more
sarraute! i have fallen in love! this is a very precise, vivid, trembling examination both of childhood (the myriad wonders, the comfort with mystery, the savantish ways of knowing, and the constant loss of wisdom as childhood becomes adolescence becomes adulthood) and of memory itself (elusive, combatitive, a struggle against death). reading this was better than a visit to my shrink, evoking, as it did, a tumble of my own childhood memories, as well as encouraging an interrogation of my own mem ...more
Laurel Perez
This carefully crafted memoir is an emotionally open work that manages not to read like the usual memoir. Written when the author was eighty-three years old, but dealing with only the first twelve years of her life, Childhood is constructed as a dialogue between Sarraute and her memory. Sarraute gently interrogates her interlocutor in search of her own intentions, more precise accuracy, and truth. Long-gone actions are prodded and poked at by Sarraute until they yield some semblance of fact, imb ...more
Le livre est conçu comme un "monologue à deux voix " oú la voix narrative se double d'une voix plus critique qui n'hésite pas à intervenir pour la contrôler la fidélité du travail de remémoration.
L'enfant elle-même est déchirée entre son père et sa mère, entre deux pays, deux langues..
Par ailleurs, Le but ici n'est pas de montrer comment Sarraute est devenue auteur.
Malgré son originalité, je ne trouve cette autobiographie si intéressante.

Pardis Parto
Sep 12, 2009 Pardis Parto rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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کودکی، اگرچه در کل با وقایعی از زندگی ناتالی ساروت (1900-1999) منطبق است، گزارشی متعارف از زندگی نویسنده نیست. محتوای خاطرات صرفا پس زمینه ای است برای تعمق در تجربه ی روانی دوران کودکی. آن چه از این اثر و از همه ی آثار ساروت در می یابیم این است که واژه ها ابزارهای ساده و آشنایی برای سیر و تماشا نیست و قبل از هرچیز تجربه ای زیسته است و وسیله ای که متن برای انتقال آن به کار می برد نثر شاعرانه و ساخته و پرداخته و در وهله ی اول، زبان تجربه است.
تلاقی پژواک ها و تکرارهایی که در آثار ساروت به گوش می رس
Maria Kadàr
Actually , I adored that book. I will never be able to describe how I feel each time I read it. I'm obsessed , maybe because of the flowing writing style or because of the story....Or just maybe both. Nathalie is no doubt an outstanding author. My favorite one.
How we recall our childhoods is one thing, how we choose to interpret them another, finding out the meaning of our existence. The moments of delight that remain can outweigh all the fears and difficult spots.
Voilà un livre que j'ai lu complètement par hasard, il y a quelques années, alors que je croyais avoir tout épuisé dans ma bibliothèque. Je l'ai apprécié au point de le relire deux fois.
Apr 27, 2015 Iyman added it
l'art ce n'est pas de raconter sa vie d'une façon chronologique
vous voulez voir un art de biographie :
lisez-le !
Marina Cherbonnier
"Mais aussitôt que mes lèvres touchent sa peau ne connais pas d'autre peau semblable, plus soyeuse et plus douce que tout ce qui est soyeux et doux au monde, et son léger, délicieux parfum..." (à ma maman)

"Et on bourre la tête des enfants , on en fait des petits vieux..."

"Et pourtant, il fallait se parler...Que pouvait-on faire d'autre, quel autre moyen y avait-il de se retrouver?"

"des enfances qui n'avaient pu être que ce que sont les "vraies" enfances vécues dans l'insouciance, dans la s
Minie Houselook
Un magnifique livre retraçant la seconde guerre mondiale et la résistance.
Quelques passages rigolos à lire. Je m'attendais à pire même si je me suis un peu ennuyée !
Apr 27, 2008 Nina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nina by: French cercle de lecture
I found this autobiography pretty interesting- not only because this is the first French book I've read all the way through in about 4 years, but also for its historical content. The protagonist describes her father's way of life growing up in rural France as a farmer, then as a commercant. Some of the older practices I've read about in French books showed up here. But, overall, I disliked the protagonist. She really seemed to disrespect her father. Apparently, I was the only one at the book clu ...more

With lucid, engaging fragments, spoken in a dialogue with herself, she envelops us in the ‘soft, whitish, cloudy layers’ of childhood, of her childhood, a childhood spent as a pawn moved back and forth across the European chessboard by two strong-willed and distracted parents. The telling is more or less chronological, with her understanding of what her parents are doing to her growing clearer as she ages.

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I really enjoyed this one. I studied two extracts from it in school in France, and when I found it on a flea market in Oslo I just had to buy it, even though those extracts hadn't really interested me *that* much. I do think Sarraute will join the group of favourite French authors, and I have to read... well, the rest of her books! Beautifully written, yet very easy to read!
the gift
an autobiography unlike any other. focusing on, as the title says, childhood of character who recounts in two voices, one asserting, one qualifying. this era for children can be intriguing, but this text reminds me more of amelie nothomb’s work- her, very short, very concise, autobiographical novellas are somehow more interesting.
-relation entre Natasha et son père.
-mère bizarre.
-"évoquer ses souvenirs d'enfance"
-Natasha a ses 10ans semble trop mature? ou ptetre c'était normal à l'école? ptetre que ct son milieu intelectuel où elle a grandi.
Interesting writing style through usage of the double conscience and "flashbacks". However, the stories often lacked detail causing the 'creative nonfiction' to lose readers' attention and interest quickly.
I'm not open minded enough to this way of writing. The "Nouveau Roman" leaves me cold. It was really painful to read it and what made it worst was that I had to study it for my High School Diploma.
I studied this one in high school, which could explain why I didn't really enjoy it. I will have to give it another try someday.
Je mourrai moins bête après avoir lu un livre de Nathalie Sarraute. Très émouvant, j'ai adoré le lire.
eerie/reassuring to find someone who has your exact thoughts in much the same language.
Jul 18, 2007 Diana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ceux qui aiment le francais
Shelves: francais
A great exploration of memory, childhood, and how we write and think about it.
наталия тания
Please. who have this book on doc-format. send me
En fait, mon appréciation est. . .floue et tout à fait inexplicable.
quarter way through but... don't think i'm gonna make it.
Sep 14, 2011 Celine added it
Trop court !
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Nathalie Sarraute (July 18, 1900 in Ivanovo, Russia – October 19, 1999 in Paris, France) was a lawyer and a French writer of Russian Jewish origin.

Sarraute was born Natalia/Natacha Tcherniak in Ivanovo (then known as Ivanovo-Voznesensk), 300 km north-east of Moscow in 1900 (although she frequently referred to the year of her birth as 1902, a date still cited in select reference works), and, follow
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