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Fiction. Translated from the French by Wyatt Alexander Mason. Pierre Michon is one of the foremost contemporary French writers. He has won many prizes, including the Prix de la Ville de Paris. In THE ORIGIN OF THE WORLD, a twenty-year-old takes his first teaching job in a sleepy French town. Lost in a succession of rainy days and sleepless nights, he falls under the spell ...more
Hardcover, 84 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Mercury House (first published 1996)
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Eddie Watkins
Oct 21, 2013 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-fiction
A young teacher gets a job in a sleepy village. He arrives at night and from his window at the inn can only see darkness where a river is below. He becomes obsessed with a local woman. Strange fishermen populate his inn. His obsession goes unrequited. There is some violence. Yes, the premise, the scene-setting, even most of the execution is thoroughly satisfying, pregnant with atmosphere and primitive deep significance; but the sex didn’t convince me, the sexual obsession. Or maybe it was not wh ...more
Carlos
Oct 27, 2013 Carlos rated it really liked it
Ya he hablado de Jorge Semprún y de Pierre Michon, ambos autores gratos a quien esto escribe. Así que, cuando vi que el primero dijo sobre la novela “El origen del mundo”, del segundo: “Con una prosa a la que la madurez ha llevado a la cima de la precisión carnal, de la sensualidad en sus evocaciones tiernas o brutales, Pierre Michon describe un universo de evidencias y de misterios cuyo recuerdo nos perseguirá”, no tuve más remedio que devorar este relato (cosa por lo demás muy sencilla, pues a ...more
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Aug 28, 2015 Billy O'Callaghan rated it really liked it
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Ricardo Sanchez
Feb 16, 2015 Ricardo Sanchez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El origen del mundo de Pierre Michón.
El origen de las palabras que quedan atrapadas en un momento. La belleza y el anhelo juegan en una musa que hace que el tiempo se aletargue. Una Venus Calipigia llena de trazos que evocan armonía en las letras. Una obra pequeña que se desenvuelve con gracia y voluptusidad al igual que la silueta del deseo.
Las letras francesas en su máximo esplendor.
Isaí Moreno
Nov 06, 2013 Isaí Moreno rated it it was amazing
Un libro esencial y sublime que nos materializa el mundo con las luminosas partículas del lenguaje. Obra mínima en su extensión, inmensa en la factura: Michon sumó a sus logros vitales el de haber visto de frente y desnuda a la belleza sin ser tocado por la maldición. Increíble que una novela tan breve contenga al universo entero.
Rhi
Jan 10, 2009 Rhi rated it really liked it
An odd little book about obsession
Micah
Jul 20, 2016 Micah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Je regrette d'avoir lu cet ouvrage. Franchement, j'espérais que quelque chose allait changer avant la fin du texte. Par contre, le livre est bourré jusqu'au mot final de métaphores forcées et des phrases qui m'ont fait rouler les yeux de leur "romanticisme" artificiel. Le style d'enchaîner une idée après l'autre pendant une page et demie comme suivre chaque pensée de la voix de l'auteur m'a vite ennuyé et m'a même fait rire.

-Mais, ça suffit déjà.

Si votre genre d'histoire se base sur parler de
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Vivian Pradels Boutteville
Comme à chaque fois avec Pierre Michon, c'est incroyable de beauté, de fluidité et de mystère. On compare toujours son écriture à de la poésie tellement le texte est ciselé, façonné. Il faut le déclamer à haute voix pour saisir tout l'incongru et le magique. Un agencement qui me transporte au plus profond de moi.

L'histoire est simple : un jeune homme, instituteur dans un village de la Dordogne, découvre le désir sous les traits d'une femme. Le récit est rapide, tendu. On tombe dedans plus qu'on
...more
Iris
Aug 06, 2011 Iris rated it it was ok
A small but masterfully cut gem! Here's Roget Shattuck's review for Harper's: http://www.harpers.org/archive/2002/0...
Rafa
Jan 26, 2012 Rafa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Creo que me perdí entre tanta subordinada.
Alberto González Ortiz
Del amor, la inexperiencia y la vida en soledad. Interesante.
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Pierre Michon naît à Châtelus-le-Marcheix dans la maison de ses grands-parents. Il est élevé par sa mère institutrice après que son père eut quitté le foyer. Il passe son enfance à Mourioux puis au lycée de Guéret, où il est pensionnaire. Il étudie ensuite les Lettres à Clermont-Ferrand et consacre à Antonin Artaud un mémoire de maîtrise. Il voyage par la suite dans toute la France, ayant rejoint ...more
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