Place du Peyrou, Montpellier (May, 2012)
Philip Roth retires: “I have dedicated my life to the novel: I studied, I taught, I wrote and I read. With the exclusion of almost everything else. Enough is enough! I no longer feel this fanaticism to write what I have experienced in my life.”
The Salon article says the story broke in a French magazine called Les Inrocks, and then goes on to reveal something else:
(The interview is published in French; we used an Internet program to translate his quotes into English. We asked his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, for confirmation. They reached out to Roth this morning. “He said it was true,” said Lori Glazer, vice president and executive director of publicity.)
So, apparently no one on the staff of Salon can read French, and they rely on Google translate in cases like this. Ouch. C’est triste.
I’ve been out of the loop for a while, but somewhere between Morocco and Bristol Bay, Alaska, The Bygone Bureau published the final essay in my three-part series on the Rust Belt of France.
The second piece in my series on the south of France is up at The Bygone Bureau. This one’s about Marseille.
(this is Meg in the abandoned parking lot that surrounds Marseille Cathedral)
The first installment of a series I’m doing for The Bygone Bureau on lesser-known cities in France, beginning with where I currently live, Montpellier.
French WWI propaganda magazine (4 November, 1915). Purchased yesterday for 1€ at the ghetto flea market out in Mosson.
Opening sentence of the first article: “Our ascendance over the enemy continues to manifest itself on all points along the front, not only pushing back all their violent counter-attacks, but gaining ground and removing obstacles that had hampered our offensive.”
Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Annonciation de Nancy