Nathalie Sarraute

Nathalie Sarraute (nätälē´ särōt´), 1900–1999, French novelist, b. Ivanovo, Russia, as Natasha Tcherniak; studied at the Sorbonne and Oxford. A lawyer, she joined (1925) a Paris firm. She began writing in the early 1930s. Stark and revolutionary in technique, Sarraute's nouveaux romans [new novels] Tropismes (1939, tr. 1967) and Portrait d'un inconnu (1949, tr. 1958) were brought to public attention by Jean-Paul Sartre. Sometimes termed "antinovels," they are stripped of the traditional elements of plot, characterization, and chronology and instead focus upon psychological preoccupations, giving subconscious impulses surrealistic and analytic treatment. Her later novels, Martereau (1953), Le Planétarium (1959, tr. 1960), Do You Hear Them? (1972, tr. 1973), and Here (1995, tr. 1997), show some compromise with traditional form. Sarraute's essays on the novel were published in Age of Suspicion (1956, tr. 1963).

See her autobiography, Childhood (1973, tr. 1984).

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Nathalie Sarraute: Selected full-text books and articles

The Age of Suspicion: Essays on the Novel By Nathalie Sarraute; Maria Jolas G. Braziller, 1963
Sarraute's Literary Philosophy By Petcu, Carmen Review of Contemporary Philosophy, Vol. 12, January 1, 2013
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"A Vital, Unliveable Force": Rhythm through Nathalie Sarraute and Schizoanalysis By Negrete, Fernanda Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 48, No. 2, June 2015
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"Cest Une Cata": Questions of the Translatability of Nathalie Sarraute's Ouvrez By Landfried, Carrie C French Forum, Vol. 38, No. 3, Fall 2013
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Territoriality Disputes, Pollution and Abjection in Nathalie Sarraute and Helene Lenoir By Duffy, Jean H The Romanic Review, Vol. 98, No. 4, November 2007
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Partners in Slime: The Liquid and the Viscous in Sarraute and Sartre By Willging, Jennifer The Romanic Review, Vol. 92, No. 3, May 2001
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Exploring Textual Action By Lars Sætre; Patrizia Lombardo; Anders M. Gullestad Aarhus University Press, 2010
Women in Twentieth-Century Literature: A Jungian View By Bettina L. Knapp Pennsylvania State University Press, 1987
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "Nathalie Sarraute's Between Life and Death: Androgyny and the Creative Process"
French Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook By Eva Martin Sartori; Dorothy Wynne Zimmerman Greenwood Press, 1991
Librarian's tip: "Nathalie Sarraute (1900-)" begins on p. 412
The Feminist Encyclopedia of French Literature By Eva Martin Sartori; Colette H. Winn; Perry Gethner; Samia I. Spencer; Juliette Parnell-Smith; Mary Rice-DeFosse; Susan Ireland; Patrice J. Proulx Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: "Sarraute, Nathalie (1900-)" begins on p. 500
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