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The Use of Speech

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  5 reviews
First published in Great Britain in 1983 as L'usage de la parole by John Calder (Publishers) Ltd"--T.p. verso
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Counterpath Press (first published January 1980)
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Nate D
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essayish fictional reconstructions disecting all the hidden hazards of words deployed at others, scientific scrutiny of the underside of the commonplace. Quick and oddly entertaining for such a single-mindedly anthropological-linguistic book, and stylistically quite interesting as well, as nouvelle roman co-progenitor Sarraute lurches in and out of perspectives, clinical remove, and a kind of conversation with the reader all within a paragraph. I'm always saying this, but I really need to read m ...more
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Some moments of brilliance but ultimately this is an intellectual exercise: something to get through rather than enjoy. Don't get me wrong, the ideas are worth reading, and at its best the author illuminates the power of utterance and vividly constructs its use in sophisticated conversations.
Brulois Brigitte
Une attention aux moindres petits mots échangés ou entendus dans une conversation révèlent les subtilités du langage, tout ce qui passe imperceptiblement à travers des mots et qui se passe entre deux interlocuteurs. Un plaisir à lire dans cette ''disssection de la parole".
Marc Nash
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I preferred the stories that were riffs on words like "love" or the German for "I'm dying" rather than when she was shaping the dimensions of space between a couple having a conversation by talking about the geometry of the words between them. But still, all in all very satisfying literary stuff
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Autant j'avais apprécié Enfance, autant là... je ne sais pas trop quoi dire.
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Nathalie Sarraute (July 18, 1900 in Ivanovo, Russia – October 19, 1999 in Paris, France) was a lawyer and a French writer of Russian Jewish origin.

Sarraute was born Natalia/Natacha Tcherniak in Ivanovo (then known as Ivanovo-Voznesensk), 300 km north-east of Moscow in 1900 (although she frequently referred to the year of her birth as 1902, a date still cited in select reference works), and, follow
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