Claude Simon

Alastair Duncan (University of Stirling)
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The French novelist Claude Simon was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1985. His novels span the second half of the twentieth century from Le Tricheur [The Cheat] published in 1945 to Le Tramway [translated as The Trolley] in 2001. Taken together, Simon’s novels can be seen as a vast autobiographical fiction, returning again and again to the same motifs and themes from his own and his family’s life: war, memory, and loss. They are shot through with his keen attachment to the life of the senses, especially sight; enlivened by irony and humour; remarkable for their constantly changing forms.

Simon’s early life was marked by the great events of twentieth-…

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Citation: Duncan, Alastair. "Claude Simon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 May 2023 [, accessed 26 September 2023.]

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