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Vite minuscole esce in Francia nel 1984. È il primo libro di uno scrittore ignoto al milieu letterario, ma è subito chiaro che si tratta di un esordio folgorante. E audace: recuperando una tradizione che risale a Plutarco, a Suetonio, all'agiografia, Michon ci racconta le vite di dieci personaggi non già illustri o esemplari, ma, appunto, minuscoli: e dunque votati all'obl ...more
Paperback, Fabula #308, 204 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Adelphi (first published 1984)
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lorinbocol
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
vite minuscole, ma a tratti du palle discretamente grandi.
avrebbe dovuto insospettirmi aver perso il filo già leggendo il risvolto di copertina. colpa di una scrittura che non è solo complessa - non lo riterrei in assoluto un limite - ma volutamente complicata. fatta di periodi tortuosi e concetti lambiccati. la scorrevolezza deve fargli schifo, a pierre michon.
prima di produrmi nel lancio plastico con cui congedo i libri da quando l'età mi ha resa insofferente, per 106 pagine ho ascoltato rumor
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trovateOrtensia
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: francia
La scrittura come redenzione di vite perdute.
E la scrittura come trappola che attende paziente la sua preda.
Vite che incontrano il loro senso attraverso la scrittura, e vite che si perdono inseguendo le promesse della scrittura.
Una lingua ricercata, una sintassi complessa: uniche armi contro la consunzione della morte e del tempo.
Un'opera dall'architettura solida e implacabile: cappella di famiglia che accoglie nomi, frammenti di esistenze inimmaginabili o soltanto immaginate, gesti irrepara
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Eddie Watkins
Michon is much better when he writes about others rather than himself. The chapters here about wandering family members and friends from school are filled with wonder and depth and mystery, investing memory with an exploratory expansiveness that resonated down to the obscurest cells of my grey matter; but the chapters that deal with himself and his struggling attempts to write, and his drug use and his relations with women, felt unnecessarily excessive and surcharged with intentional self-mythol ...more
Cosimo
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Creature dispotiche

“Mi resta la casa; il mio amore per lei non è venuto meno. C’è un glicine morto che si dispera; le intemperie e la mia incuria hanno mandato tutto in rovina; le essenze rare che Félix aveva piantato per me crollano a una a una sui fienili, tra scricchiolii improvvisi e lente erosioni; i forti venti scagliano lastre d’ardesia ubriache contro gli ippocastani, l’acqua morta si accumula dove i vivi dormivano, cadono fotografie e in fondo agli armadi altre sorridono nel buio all’ob
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Federico Escobar Sierra
Hay libros que se leen con la certeza de estar de frente a obras maestras, tal vez a secretos que pocos han descubierto. Vidas minúsculas es uno de ellos, la filigrana que da belleza a su construcción asombra, es un libro para admirar la técnica, las historias, ahí está el disfrute. No fluye fácil, pero no por eso pierde. Michon derrocha erudición y cultura en cada historia, y aun así mantiene el ritmo.

Por aparte el ejercicio que plantea el libro es hermoso, Michon novela en cortas historias las
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Luis Le drac
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compré esta novela con el miedo de un principiante al introducirse en un nuevo escritor; si además acapara fama de erudito, complejo y vericuetal, esta se decuplicó.
Vidas minúsculas es una gran obra. Se trata de biografiar la vida de una serie de personas que han estado en algún momento a la vista del escritor. No tienen por qué ser próximas, algunas sí, pero con todo ellos se hebilla la vida de Michon. Su fin, hacerse entender, comprenderse. El ser humano no es un ente ajeno a la humanidad. Nu
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Mélanie Maillot
Ce roman m'a bouleversée. Pierre Michon aura été une de mes plus belles découvertes de 2020. Dans ces Vies Minuscules, il raconte la vie paysanne, l'existence simple, les secrets de la nature. Mais c'est avant tout un style. Un style comme j'en ai jamais lu : insolite, pénétrant, sacral. J'ai rarement fait l'expérience d'une écriture qui a provoqué en moi une extase comme ça a été le cas avec ce livre.
L'évocation de la nature m'a fait pensé au Chant du monde de Giono : la vérité terrestre s'enr
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Jan
Going through this novel 'Roemloze levens' (orig. Vies minuscules) by Pierre Michon, written in powerful language, beautifully enriched with many metaphores and metonymia, I sometimes had some trouble in getting sufficient grip on the meaning of certain fragments. Nevertheless it overall was a joy, this close reading, about friends and relatives of the author, wrapped in the form of a novel, well, actually a series of portraits.
I have been scolarly helped by the translator: Rokus Hofstede. Many
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Marc
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unruly, that is the word that went constantly through my head, reading this book. Unruly, primarily because of the style: Michon uses a vocabulary that is a lot richer than my not too limited knowledge of French; moreover, his sentences have a very irregular rhythm: in general it are long sentences, whith each part of the phrase regularly going its own way, in a different direction than the start of the sentence. Difficult indeed, although I must admit I got used to it a bit after a while and Mi ...more
Baci
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Infernal, j'avais l'impression que l'auteur se félicitait lui-même de sa qualité d'écriture. Les phrases sont ciselées et on croise des mots qu'on n'utilise plus que très rarement. Mais ce n'est pas suffisant pour supprimer une sensation de prétention terrible. ...more
Guillermo
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«Era más escritor que yo: prefería la muerte a la ausencia de letra».
Ubik 2.0
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Un mondo virato seppia

Una lettura particolarmente impegnativa si dipana attraverso otto capitoli/racconti che originano dalla memoria dell’autore e della sua famiglia.

I primi sono anche i più affascinanti, interamente costruiti su frammenti di ricordi, sensazioni, volti e paesaggi, reliquie di personaggi dalle esistenze sfuggenti, appena percepite dal narratore bambino o non ancora venuto al mondo, che supplisce con l’immaginazione e il grande talento visionario ai vuoti della memoria e alle lic
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Stephen Durrant
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those haunted by the small people in one's personal past who have perished and only continue to exist in one's own soon-to-perish memory will find this a rewarding read. But beware. Michon, who was not a child of privilege and struggled to achieve his impressive cultural knowledge, experiences the world through the lens of literature and painting. Consequently, his writing is breathtakingly, sometimes maddeningly, inter-textual and sends one running to the internet on virtually every page to tra ...more
Anthelia  Amazes
À la connaissance qui me l’a conseillé (car j’elevais Michel Houellebecq au rang de seul génie vivant de la littérature contemporaine) j’ai écrit : C’est le contraire d’un Houellebecq ou d’un Bukowski ... c’est lourd comme écriture, c’est prétentieux... on croirait un étalage de vocabulaire pendant les soldes. Ça me rappelle une phrase culte de la cour de récréation : la culture c’est comme la confiture, moins on en a plus on l’étale.
Quel manque de modestie cette écriture, prétentieuse, ostenta
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Wendy
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Michon is a magnificent prose stylist and his instrument works best when he is writing the lives of others. When writing about himself and his drug-taking, betrayals, and so on, it does not work so well, partly because the language surreptitiously glorifies with its music what he pretends to deplore. So I find some hypocrisy in his self-portrayal ("You women all left me because I behaved so badly, but see, I have become a great writer nonetheless, and you with all your pitiful virtues are now a ...more
Sarah
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: je-recommande
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Wildairuna
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Bajo el imperfecto engaño de la letra, hubieran adivinado que yo estaba hecho de desconocimiento, de caos, de analfabetismo profundo, iceberg de hollín cuya parte emergente no era más que un señuelo; y el charlatán habría sido fustigado. Para que me considerara digno de afrontar a Anubis, hubiera sido necesario que también la parte invisible estuviera pulida con palabras, perfectamente congelada como el diamante inalterable de un diccionario. Pero estaba vivi; y puesto que mi vida no era un hue ...more
Rea
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
First of all, I just want to say that I really like the idea behind this book. It is split up into 8 novellas that each tell the story of people who influenced the author's life at one point or another. When put together they tell how the author came to write this roundabout version of an autobiography. My problem with it was the style. The sentences seemed to go on and on and on (at one point I counted: 20 lines with no full stop.) I know this is considered stylistic in the Romance languages, a ...more
Simone Subliminalpop
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Le vite qui raccontate saranno anche minuscole, ma la scrittura è grande, ricca e capace di mettere luce e anima ovunque.

Vita di André Defourneau ★★★★★
Vita di Antoine Peluchet ★★★★
Vite di Eugène e di Clara ★★★★★
Vite dei fratelli Bakroot ★★★★
Vita di père Foucault ★★★★★
Vita di Georges Bandy ★★★★★
Vita di Claudette ★★★
Vita della bambina morta ★★★

"Semmai l'aspirazione a non interrompere, a non diluire la densità di una simile scrittura, affinché ne risulti appunto il carattere assoluto, di rara capac
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Manon Laroche
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce livre représente beaucoup d'émotions pour moi, par la manière dont je l'ai acquis et par les événements qui se sont déroulés durant sa lecture. Il a été pour moi un coup en plein cœur, tant de signes que j'ai relié à mon propre vécu : un de ces livres dont on a l'impression qu'il s'écrit sous nos yeux, qu'il ne parle qu'à nous. Vision égocentrique. Livre merveilleux par son expression de la ruralité. Je souhaite dorénavant lire l'ensemble de l'oeuvre de Pierre Michon. ...more
Justin Evans
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Except for the usual first book problems (we get it, you're an artist, you've suffered, you've made others suffer, go ahead, express it all), this is outstanding. I have no way to describe why Michon is so much more interesting than so many people writing today, but he is. Density, I think, if that helps. ...more
Elena
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michon, en su primer libro publicado en 1984, se intenta entender y explicar a través de las vidas de los otros. Gente humilde del entorno rural donde nació y creció el autor, personas que conoció o de las que tuvo noticia. Estamos hechos de historias. Mezcla de recuerdos inventados, autoficción: "No me gusta inventar totalmente los personajes. Inventar es clonar, las bibliotecas están pobladas de ectoplasma. Prefiero los fantasmas, resucitar a los verdaderos muertos, prefiero los archivos."

Un v
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rachid  idjiou
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je me souviens d'avoir vu un jour une émission spéciale de la grande librairie consacrée à un écrivain français extraordinaire nommé pierre Michon. Sa façon magnifique de présenter ses livres ,ses mots joliment choisis attirent mon attention sur l'un des livres intéressants "vies minuscules". Ma curiosité me pousse à découvrir le contenu de ce livre. Par hasard je l'ai trouvé chez un marchand ambulant. Le parcours des petits gens humbles m'intéresse par ce que on apprend'eux l'expérience d'exist ...more
Tonny
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wat een geweldig boek dit. Dat had ik niet verwacht toen ik aan het eerste verhaal van deze zogenaamde bundel bezig was. Ik moest erg wennen aan de stijl van Michon. Hij gebruikt lange zinnen met veel beeldspraak waar ik als lezer even tijd voor nodig had om op waarde te kunnen schatten. Op een gegeven moment viel het kwartje.

Zo spreekt Michon over het verre Amerika, de plek waar een verdwenen hoofdpersoon uit een van de verhalen naar toe zou zijn gegaan:

'.. een rijk maar gevaarlijk land, een
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Greg Gerke
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michon writes with his blood. "Absalom, Absalom! is my father" he once said. "Far from servile games, I discovered that it is possible not to imitate the world, not to intervene at all, to watch it out of the corner of your eye making and unmaking itself, and in pain that can be reversed into pleasure, to experience the ecstasy of not participating..." p.196 There is an odd tang of Salter and the revealings of Munro, but much more lyrical--at times, Michon can be as uncanny and bejeweled as his ...more
Filip
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(...) Moge een trefzekere stijl hun val hebben vertraagd, waardoor de mijne misschien ook trager is; moge mijn hand hun hebben vergund, hoe vluchtig ook, in de lucht een gedaante aan te nemen, louter opgeroepen door de spanning in mij; mogen ze, door mij te vellen, hebben geleefd, hoger en lichter dan wij leven, zij die zo weinig waren en weer zo weinig zullen zijn. En mogen ze misschien, wonderlijk genoeg, verschijningen zijn geworden. Er is niets waar ik zo dol op ben als op een wonder.
Maar he
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Hallie
I'm pretty sure I missed about half of this book in my first reading - it's written in highly literary French, and at some point it's going to require a reading with a dictionary in my other hand (which is not the way I prefer to read a book, but this one is probably worth understanding). The premise is intriguing: it's an autobiography, more or less, but written in the form of short stories beginning with more-fiction-than-not accounts of relatives about whom little to nothing is known and even ...more
Ruth
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of stories about ordinary people and their lives & deaths reads like a poem. I started it after having zoomed through a more fluffy sort of book and I had read a few pages before I realized I had to adjust my pace and reorient my brain if I wanted to get anything out of it. So I went back to the beginning and took it word-by-word and sentence-by-sentence and it was really beautiful & sweet. Especially the part about the grandparents.
D
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Some stories about different people. Some of the characters are likable, some not, some left me indifferent. Some stories were reasonably interesting, some boring. Not too impressed. Maybe I should have read it quicker and in English.
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Pierre Michon’s writing has received great acclaim in his native France; his work has been translated into a dozen languages. He was winner of the Prix France Culture in 1984 for his first book, Small Lives, the 1996 Prix de la Ville de Paris for his body of work, and the Grand Prix du Roman de l’Académie française. His works include Masters and Sons, The Origin of the World, and Rimbaud's Son. ...more

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