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
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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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"
Rhetoric: Readings in French Literature By Michael Hawcroft Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Domestic Rhetoric in Nathalie Sarraute's Le Planetarium" begins on p. 151
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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