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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  802 ratings  ·  89 reviews
ფრანგულიდან თარგმნა ვლადიმერ რაქვიაშვილმა

ჟან-მარი გუსტავ ლე კლეზიოს ოქმი არის ამბავი ერთი ადამიანისა, ადამ პოლოსი, რომელიც, ყოველდღიურ ყოფას გაქცეული, განმარტოებულ სახლში ცხოვრობს. დღეებს ფანჯრიდან პეიზაჟის ცქერაში ატარებს. ზოგჯერ პოლო ტოვებს თავის საცხოვრებელს და სტუმრობს ქალაქს კაფეებს, სანაპიროს. ერთ დღეს ის საზოგადოებრივ ცხოვრებას იწყებს. თუმცა რეალური სამყარო მას
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published 2017 by ინტელექტი (first published 1963)
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William2
To over-describe is to defamiliarize the reader with the thing described. (Conversely, to under-describe can allow the reader more cognitive room to fill in the blanks.) Done well, as here early on, over-description sets the reader squirming. The effect is a little like chalk misapplied to a blackboard. See Russian Formalism. Theres a fine example of the technique early in Charlotte Brontes Villette, when a painting in a gallery is described. The protagonist here may be mad, so his hyper ...more
Jim Elkins
One of the Worst Novelists to win the Nobel Prize

After Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize there has been a lot of writing about writers who were never awarded the Nobel, and about how political the prize has often been. It's also illuminating to consider writers will have gotten the prize but haven't stood the test of time. There have been some astonishingly poor choices over the years.

This book, and this author, are irredeemably poor. If you think this is an expressive conjuring of the mental state of a
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Jim
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, fiction, beatniks
J.M.G. Le Clezio's The Interrogation begins like a French beatnik novel. We are in a Riviera resort town looking through the eyes of one Adam Pollo, a squatter living in a vacation home. He smokes, reads newspapers and magazines, works on his suntan, and occasionally gets together with his girlfriend Michelle, from whom he borrows money from time to time.

After a while, the relationship goes bad, and Adam becomes more frenzied as the weather changes from summer to winter. He breaks down at one
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Nick
Sep 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Nobel for Le Clezio makes me think that the Swedish Academy must be like a legislative body it produces odd compromises that are no one's first choice. My only previous experience with Le Clezio was a rather gauzy commentary on the conquest of Mexico, a topic about which much has already been written, with great specificity. So I approached the Investigation with curiosity and a dash of hope, especially since it took the Renaudot Prize. The main character, Adam Pollo, does not know if he ...more
Eddie Watkins
Initially intoxicating, the writing suffused with a visionary apprehension of the world, like a Van Gogh world everywhere seething and alive and teetering on madness, but then it kind of let me down toward the end as it wrapped itself too neatly up and strove for "significance". And maybe one or two too many lit tricks, but still a powerful book.
Sidharth Vardhan
A character that might as well have been a cousin of Camus' 'The Stranger' goes hypersentive to everything that goes on in hi world; crazy in other words.
Dirk
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book aloud from the translation by Daphne Woodward.

In French, the title " procès-verbal" is more accurate and more broadly evocative than 'Interrogation.' A 'procès-verbal' may refer the minutes of a meeting, such as the meeting some psychiatry students hold to question the protagonist in the last third of the book, but it may all so refer to a summary of the facts in a criminal case, which is what the whole book is.

On the surface, this is the story of a mentally disturbed young man
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Margot McGovern
If you weren't having an existential crisis when you start, you will be when you finish.
Roger Brunyate
Visionary Madness

J. M. G. Le Clézio, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2008, sprang to international acclaim in 1963 with this visionary novel, published when he was only 23. Fragmented, enigmatic, and obsessive, it is utterly different from his more recent masterpieces such as Onitsha and Wandering Star. And yet how could one not be drawn to an author who opens with a self-deprecating preface in which he apologizes for the book in hand, and promises to do better next time, perhaps
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Patrick
Dec 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jesse K
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
I'm not sure if anyone is going to be swayed by my saying this, but either way: Read This! Seriously.

I know that the Nobel committee are a bunch of stodgy pretentious American hating bastards, but in this instance, they really got it right. There's not much that I can actually say about the book because there isn't a great deal that occurs, but never has nothing happening been described so perfectly. It's not a nothing happens in the "Seinfeld sense" either. It's more of a nothing happens in
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Andrew
So this was apparently the thing that turned the French literary establishment onto a young Le Clezio. Which, to a certain degree, makes sense, it's the sort of thing the French literary establishment likes, which is to say its form is quasi-experimental, even if its content is dully predictable, it takes an ironic attitude, but you're not sure what this ironic attitude is toward (and if you have to ask, you're clearly not worthy of it), and things happen with the same stochasticity that Godard ...more
Robert Wechsler
Theres a lot to admire about this novel. But LCs protagonist gets increasingly annoying. Hes a complete loser or lunatic, or both, who wanders around, has a sort of girlfriend (and a sort of dogfriend), and thats pretty much it. The pace is like a slow French film, but with little dialogue, and the dialogue is pseudo-meaningful in that 50s French way. Thus although singular, it also feels much the same thing. I stopped halfway through.
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Alan Catlin
THis is a pretentious quasi experimental novel done better by other writers of his generation. Not without interest in first hundred pages but sags under the weight of it's smug, conflated narritive vocue and technique. I sincerely hope his books gets better as his career progresses considering he won the Nobel for Literature.
Sharon
Jul 22, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretentious and confusing, Le Clezio jumps from thought to thought occasionally adding philosophical jargon that leaves you disoriented. For a Nobel winner, I only hope it's because of a poor French to English translation.
Merilee
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good writing, but I'm not sure I have much of an idea of what went on in this novel.
Realini
The Interrogation aka Le Proces Verbal by J.M.G. Le Clezio
Interesting and amazing positive transformation, if not as excellent on a second reading as it was for the first - 7 out of 10

This book has placed me in an awkward position.
Normally, one should be able to enjoy better one work after the passing of years has added wisdom, perspective and more understanding.
Well, the opposite has happened in the case of The Interrogation, with a first elating reading, followed by a recent rather
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Ken Dowell
There is no telling what you might come up with if you poke around long enough in a used bookstore. This is a sort of existentialist novel whose author J.M.G. Le Clezio won a Nobel Prize in 2008. The Interrogation was published 45 years before that and was his first work.

This is the story of Adam Pollo, a deserter who figures he has conquered the task of living without money. To that end he takes up occupancy in an abandoned house. His most notable physical skill is the ability to sit or lie
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Thomas
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts with with some wonderfully tactile passages as the story opens in a young man's hideaway in a beach house on a hill, description so thick it feels like a Wes Anderson movie. Adam Pollo is a young man seeking solitude who sees the world in strange and colourful ways. He is antisocial to the point of isolation. He has a relationship with a girl via letters and one visit to his house on the hill the nature of which is never revealed, platonic or otherwise. Among the bizarre, childlike set ...more
James F
Le Clezio is the 2008 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. This was his first novel, written in 1963; if I hadn't known when it was written, I could have placed it to within five years. It is very existentialist, heavily influenced by Sartre's La nausee, the nouvelle roman, and Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. The first two-thirds of the book has no real plot, and only one real character; the episodes (if one can even call them that) are totally random, and may or may not be connected with the ...more
Colleen
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love it when an author inadvertently sums up his own book somewhere along the way:

"You don't see that the man who wrote "the earth is blue like an orange" is a lunatic or a fool? -- Of course not, you say to yourself there's a genius, he's dislocated reality in a couple of words."

Whoever decided to give this guy a Nobel Prize for this book decided that he was a genius for the same reason. I'm more inclined to the "lunatic or a fool" camp. I'm afraid I like my books to have a story, and this
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Laurie
Sep 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say I find this book very french and very 60s. Not a bad thing mind you. Clearly copied by many others after. Easy to see why it won such a prestigious prize, especially by one so young. I recently watched Fando Y Lis which came out a couple of years or so later. Although different they held similarities for me in that they both are examples of the type of experimentalism in film and literature that was popularized in the 60s and 70s. Clearly the protagonist is insane but the world is ...more
Charlie
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was recently told that men typically write introspectively and that women write outwardly about the world around them: if this is the case then I am ashamed to say that I particularly like very masculine books and this is one of them.

This is Le Clézio's first novel and it feels that way but does anyone ever really get tired of poetic, introspective, observations about time, memory and death - Particularly death. The word death must be one of the most used words in this book which is something
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mark
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a look inside the head of a crazy man, who I suppose Clezio wants to show might not be so crazy after all. Is sanity a relative thing? Are our values? While his descriptions are really nice, working through the impressions they impart, I found they went on too long at certain parts. So much of the novel was getting inside the kid's head with little actual plot, that I found myself getting bored. In some respects, I found myself reminded of The Stranger, although that book is much tighter ...more
Sebadiaz
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book would best be represented by the cliched stereotype of a Frenchmen: Pretentious, cigarrete smoking, existentialist, wine-drinking philosopher. With a bit of a rapey vibe mixed in. Le Clezio is clearly a capable author, there are a few lines throughout the book that were truly poetic and towards the end when the protagonist is speaking with the students the book picked up a bit. Overall could not say I enjoyed it, and I imagine it takes a special personality to appreciate the book.
Ngan Ha
Feb 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frenchie
I have no idea why this book won Prix Renaudot in 1963. I don't want to spoil but it's is a bad parody of L'Etranger by Albert Camus. If you read it, you will find a lot of parallels and Le Clézio seemed to copy Camus' writing style in my opinion.

It was hard for me to follow the events because there's actually no plot (roman-puzzle). The book only follows the protagonist's thoughts, which are really messy. Plus, I detest it due to the rape right at the beginning. Unbelievable.
Kevin
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to confess to not getting this book. Was it to post-modern? Too French? Too philosophical/turned meta-physical? They sort of all merged into one. The book takes a major turn 3/4 of the way through and after the turn, I sort of wish I'd read the first part a bit more carefully.

I continue to think highly of Le Clezio and enjoy his style and language, but at times wonder if I'm not up to speed for modern literature, or if the whole literary world is duped.
Chrissy
I liked this book but had a hard time keeping reading it because the main character Adam Pollo can be hard to follow and because the book basically has no plot. The idea is that you don't know whether Adam was recently released from an insane asylum or whether he deserted the military. I voted for the insane asylum early on. The interrogation the book is named after doesn't occur until the very last part of the book, which is sad because it is one of the more interesting parts.
Jon
Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I enjoyed reading the book. Then some chapters just got too strange and I thought the book sucked. The ending chapter is great, though, and worth the time I spent to get there. While this book was in my hands it ranged from 2 to 4 stars and ended at 5. Overall, though, I cannot say anything much more than 'I liked it.'
Robert
Jan 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I did not know what to make of this book. The world through the eyes of one mentally disturbed fellow for sure--with insights for the "sane" I guess, and some striking parallels to the science of the origin of everything.
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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, better known as J.M.G. Le Clézio (born 13 April 1940) is a Franco-Mauritian novelist. The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix Renaudot for his novel Le Procès-Verbal (The Interrogation) and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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