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French writer Roger Grenier’s stunning novel tells of a group of friends in the southwest of France whose lives are forever changed by the German Occupation. The moral failings of one of them, Charles Merlin, which at first seem trivial and personal, assume more sinister dimensions when he collaborates with the Nazis. The narrator of the novel, a member of the resistance,
Paperback, 86 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Bison Books (first published April 1st 1986)
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Jul 23, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it it was ok
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One of those French writers who convey the eating of a grape, and the sentencing of someone to 10 years in prison for collaborating with the Nazis, in the same sleepy tone.

We follow our unnamed narrator from childhood to old age over a scant 86 pages. He is a petty bourgeois French boy in the southwestern town of Pau, near the Pyrenees. His parents own a slowly failing commercial laundry. He is friends with a fat boy, Charles Merlin, who lives in one of the town's graceful villas and lives life
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Roger Grenier is a somewhat overlooked French writer whose simplicity, irony, and understatement are probably out of sync with the times, which demand superficial complexity, showiness, and vulgarity of all things, of books most of all. Le Pierrot noir, a brief and wistful tale of an adolescence in occupied Pau, is, along with his excellent short stories, Grenier at his best. If you're interested only in fashionable books and the writers people are talking about, steer clear.
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Roger Grenier (born September 19, 1919 in Caen, Calvados, France) is a French writer, journalist and radio animator. He is Regent of the Collège de ’Pataphysique.

Young, he lived in Pau, where Andrélie opened a shop selling glasses. During the war, Roger Grenier attended Gaston Bachelard classes at the Sorbonne before actively participating in 1944 in the liberation of Paris. He joined Albert Camus
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