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Dawn Dusk or Night: A Year with Nicolas Sarkozy

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From celebrated playwright-novelist Yasmina Reza comes an unprecedented account of her year spent with French president Nicolas Sarkozy. This utterly unorthodox portrait is written in a captivatingly impressionistic style: their exchanges exist as a play of words and glances, framed as scenes from a headlong drama. Along the campaign trail, in strategy sessions, and at mee ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Vintage (first published 2007)
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Saleh Ka
ا"مرد ِ تنها رویاست. توهم است. در خلوتی نمادین تجسم‌شان می‌کینم، حال آنکه مردها تظاهر به تنهایی می‌کنند. تله است. وحشی خطابشان می‌کنیم، اما وحشی‌ها تنها هستند. تردیدی نیست که در دنیای خودشان وحشی، و خارج از آن
حیواناتی دست آموزند."ا

ا"همه برای موفقیت صبح شادباش می‌گویند. باید دوباره گفت که خوب بوده. باید قبل از اینکه همه‌چیز مهو شود دوباره گفت."ا

ا"می‌گویم دنبال این نیستم که از سیاست یا قدرت بنویسم، یا حتی سیاست به عنوان شیوه‌ی زندگی. چیزی که مورد علاقه‌ی من است، تماشای مردی است که با گذر زمان به
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Simon
A book about Sarkozy which offers no historical or social context, no political analysis, no discussion of the issues whatsoever? Ok, I'm not going to criticise Reza for the book she didn't write, and I can see potential in the idea of trying to draw a portrait of the man without letting all that messy politics stuff get in the way, but this is still desperately thin. It reads like an unedited notebook. Nearly two hundred pages of random jottings and observations with no connective tissue, which ...more
LisaZen
Dec 22, 2014 LisaZen added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: people, waste-of-time
I liked Reza's idea of writing about Sarkozy concentrating only on his personality, as it appeared to the observing writer, but the book was a disappointment, because it was so damn typically French! I don't know the people who surrounded Sarkozy during his presidential campaigh and there is no introductory list of the people mentioned. So simply, the book doesn't work. The text is also very synthetic and it seems that there is a lot of hinting, irony and whatever between the lines. All the way ...more
Massir Destin
J'ai pas le courage d'en lire un peu plus. J'ai persisté 2 jours, mais je ne suis pas maso.
Je regrette l'argent que j'ai mis dans l'achat de ce livre!!!
Matti Karjalainen
Näytelmäkirjailija ja vasemmistolaisena kulttuuripersoonana tunnettu Yasmina Reza pääsi seuraamaan kulissien taakse Nicolas Sarkozyn presidenttikampanjaa vuoden ajan, ja kirjoitti kokemuksistaan dokumenttiromaanin "Sarastus - vuosi Nicolas Sarkozyn kanssa" (Gummerus, 2008).

Rezan kieli on lyhyttä ja korutonta. Hän hahmottelee välillä vain muutaman repliikin tai ajatuksen mittaisia tuokiokuvia presidenttikampanjasta, ja äityy välillä ruotimaan päähenkilöään hyvinkin purevaan sävyyn esittäen tämän
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Pardis Parto
روزی پاتریک دووجان در راه مارسی به من گفته بود:قدرت مثل افق است، هر چه بیشتر نزدیک میشود، بیشتر فاصله میگیرد. اما باید چشم انداز پشت کوه را دید. شاید سفر اولیس است، سفری چون سفر او در جستجوی ریشه ها.

اما چه ریشه هایی؟ سرمزینی وجود ندارد که سرمزین نسیان و بی تفاوتی نباشد. هیچ مکان و روزی باقی نمانده. او گفته بود با گذشته اش بیگانه است. بر زمینی زاده شد که هیچ نیست، که هیچ جاست، و ایتاکایی* وجود ندارد. با وجود این درک میکنم که بتوانیم چنین نوستالژی ای داشته باشیم. دیدن، حتی اگر شده دیدن دودی که از
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Aaron
I approached this book knowing nothing save Yasmina Reza's reputation as an acclaimed playwright, mostly for the savory "God of Carnage." Apparently Reza shadowed Nicolas Sarkozy as he campaigned for the presidency of France.

Stylistically I appreciated the piece, and I think it'd be very effective if I was more familiar with the subject. The theme of controlling power vs. exercising power is touched on beautifully by Reza via Sarkozy, particular at the end of the book when he speaks about seduct
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Lauren
Don't pick up this book if you are looking for something that will provide you with any sort of perspective on Sarkozy's politics or even a wild look at the campaigning process (if you want a glimpse of that, watch the fantastic documentary, "The War Room" which chronicles the 1992 Clinton-Bush election).

This is classic Yasmina Reza: esoteric, vague, slightly atmospheric. It's brilliant in its portrait of a man behind the scenes, caught in snatches, just as you would expect to find a man runnin
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Judy
Nettes Buch.
Man bekommt quasi hautnah mit, wie sich ein Politiker im Wahlkampf durch den Tag bewegt... eigentlich nicht überraschend, dass es weniger um Inhalte als vielmehr um den Eindruck auf die Wählerschaft geht.

Yasmina Reza erzählt dies über viele kleine, mosaikhafte Impressionen. Hier ein Schnipsel, da ein Eindruck. Bewertungen oder gar Interpretationen findet man kaum; sie hält sich sehr zurück. Einen roten Faden gibt es lediglich über den zeitlichen Ablauf. Einen dramaturgischen Spannu
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Raphael
Surprenant! Loin de servir la soupe à Nicolas Sarkozy, elle se révèle parfois cruelle voire pire... condescendante. Ses éloges sur le candidats sarkozy sont longs, laborieux, vagues, convenus alors que ses critiques sont rapides, vives, déguisées. Une virgule ou un adverbe suffisent à démolir le Nicolas Sarkozy. Véritable précurseure, elle a su repérer les faiblesses du Président vulgaire et hyperactif un an avant qu'elles ne soient publiées dans tous les magazines lors de sa chute dans les sond ...more
Pat
If I were Nicolas Sarkozy, I'm not sure I would be very pleased with this book. The author, Yasmina Rezy, has written a sort of stream of consciousness book about the year before Mr. Sarkozy was elected president of France. She had pretty much full access to Mr. Sarkozy and to his advisors per his direction. Hard to know if all politicians are similar but Sarkozy comes across as narcissistic and overly ambitious - not particularly intelligent and someone I don't think I'd care to know.
Reinhard
Man wird an manches erinnert, was man von Sarkozy gesehen, gelesen und gehört hat, nichts wirklich Überraschendes, der Reiz der Macht, die Zielgerichtetheit des Machtstrebens, das Gefühl Recht zu haben, ohne Skrupel oder echte Gefühle, man merkt jedenfalls keine.
Vielleicht gar nicht so schlecht als Portrait, aber kein historisches Dokument, nicht hart genug und nicht nahe genug. Es ist wahrscheinlich, wie es intendiert war. Nicht mehr und nicht weniger.
Shanil
I really enjoyed this book.

She has a tremendous gift for insight, subtle nuances and dialogue.

I had to add Kamourska to my goodreads list as I read through this as it connects with Stream of Consciousness thought well communicated to create a unique vision of relationships.

A bit disjointed but I think this added rather than took things away. Our lives are disjointed, so are my thoughts... so it reflects well.

Akin
Certainly style - an eccentric, abstract, and at times almost impenetrable style at that - other substance. But oddly compelling. Could have done with more creative editing in translation - too many footnotes. Ultimately, a clash of two egos; Reza does well to keep hers under check, but it is certainly lurking; Sarko has no instinct for self reflection whatsoever, and is happy to let it all hang out, as it were.
M. Sarki
I read over half this book and just could not find a reason to finish it. As much as I love my Reza, she just did not deliver the goods. Perhaps if I had a stake in French politics I would have found the work more satisfying. But I do not and will not. I am still looking forward to the next Reza novel translated into English. I will give her a pass on this boring and drag of a book.
Bill
This book isn't a great read but it reveals the current President of France as an empty suit more interested in Rolex watches than matters of state. He sort of comes off as George W. with a brain . . .and this was written by a friend of his who admitted that at one point if she had to listen to one more of his speeches she'd "vote for the extreme left."
Jenny
Abandoned. The inside jacket made this book sound interesting and it really isn't. I don't know who any of these people are (except for Sarkozy, of course) and the writing style was not good...I didn't make it very far.
Cinthya Uribe
Interesantísimo retrato de Sarkozy como un personaje visto a través de los ojos de Reza. Muy, muy recomendable y sencillo de leer. Me lo prestaron y ahora no quisiera devolverlo, ja.
Alex'ra
Sep 10, 2007 Alex'ra marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
If I'm not paying attention when the translation comes out, someone let me know -- translating is proving to be quite a slog.
Di
A truly enjoyable read that made me like Nicolas Sarkozy and truly admire the author, Yasmina Reza.
Hajer Hajer
Beaucoup de bruit pour rien!!! Je n'ai même pas continuer ce livre..
Gretchen
I like politics much better when you take the politics out of it.
Brigitte
Made me like Sarkozy, YR is such a brilliant writer
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Yasmina Reza began work as an actress, appearing in several new plays as well as in plays by Molière and Marivaux. In 1987 she wrote Conversations after a Burial, which won the Molière Award for Best Author. Following this, she translated Kafka's Metamorphosis for Roman Polanski and was nominated for a Molière Award for Best Translation. Her second play, Winter Crossing, won the 1990 Molière for B ...more
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