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Book Title: All the World's Mornings|
The author of the book: Pascal Quignard
ISBN 13: 9781555972035
Edition: Graywolf Press
Date of issue: September 1st 1993
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All the mornings of the world leave without ever returning
I was wondering how to review that book. Its raw simplicity doesn’t make it easy. Narration has a contemplative pace, language is scanty and a bit clumsy, there’re no extensive descriptions here, almost no dialogues, protagonists don’t analyze their feelings and thoughts. It looks more like a sketch of the book, a draft. It’s like a piece of wood which needs to be planed, but if you look at it carefully then you’ll see the whole structure and rings and all that rugged beauty.
And it’s all about the music. Music is the theme everything revolves around. What is this we call music ? Who is a great musician? Why do we make music and for whom ? For God, for glory, for gold, for the king ?
Tous les matins du monde, melancholic and elegiac story, is based on the lives of two musicians of the French Baroque era, Sainte Colombe and Marin Marais.The teacher and his most known pupil. Quignard contrasts pain and solitude of Sainte Colombe with Marin’s ember and impatience. Music connects them but also becomes a bone of contention between them. When Sainte Colombe considers music as a mean of expression to tell about feelings which he couldn’t put into words, as a monologue, a lamentation comprehensible only by those who’s gone, Marin desires honours and finally becomes a music on king’s court. If I had to describe Monsieur Sainte Colombe with one word it would be – austerity.
Years passed and Monsieur Marais every night is slipping out Versailles and then in darkness is listening at the door his master’s retreat. What is he looking for there? What is he waiting for ? There is something symbolical in the scene when being caught out on it asks his former teacher for last lesson. And Monsieur Sainte Colombe offers him the first one. So, what the music is and for whom do we make it ?
A refreshment for those who've run out of words. for the shadow of children , for the state in which we are before we're born, before we breathed or saw light?
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Read information about the authorRomancier, poète et essayiste, Pascal Quignard est né en 1948. Après des études de philosophie, il entre aux Éditions Gallimard où il occupe les fonctions successives de lecteur, membre du comité de lecture et secrétaire général pour le développement éditorial. Il enseigne ensuite à l’Université de Vincennes et à l’École Pratique des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Il a fondé le festival d’opéra et de théâtre baroque de Versailles, qu’il dirige de 1990 à 1994. Par la suite, il démissionne de toutes ses fonctions pour se consacrer à son travail d’écrivain. L’essentiel de son oeuvre est disponible aux Éditions Gallimard, en collection blanche et en Folio.
Pascal Quignard is a French writer born in Verneuil-sur-Avre, Eure. In 2002 his novel Les Ombres errantes won the Prix Goncourt, France's top literary prize. Terrasse à Rome (Terrasse in Rome), received the French Academy prize in 2000, and Carus was awarded the "Prix des Critiques" in 1980.
One of Quignard's most famous works is the eighty-four "Little Treatises", first published in 1991 by Maeght. His most popular book is probably Tous les matins du monde (All the Mornings in the World), about 17th-century viola de gamba player Marin Marais and his teacher, Sainte-Colombe, which was adapted for the screen in 1991, by director Alain Corneau. Quignard wrote the screenplay of the film, in collaboration with Corneau. Tous les matins du monde, starring Jean-Pierre Marielle, Gérard Depardieu and son Guillaume Depardieu, was a tremendous success in France and sold 2 million tickets in the first year, and was subsequently distributed in 31 countries. The soundtrack was certified platinum (500,000 copies) and made musician Jordi Savall an international star.
The film was released in 1992 in the US.
Quignard has also translated works from the Latin (Albucius, Porcius Latro), Chinese (Kong-souen Long), and Greek (Lycophron) languages.
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