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Originally published to promote his French translation of Moby-Dick, Jean Giono's Melville: A Novel is an astonishing literary compound of fiction, biography, personal essay, and criticism.In the fall of 1849, Herman Melville traveled to London to deliver his novel White-Jacket to his publisher. On his return to America, Melville would write Moby-Dick. Melville: A Novel imagines what happened in between: the adventurous writer fleeing London for the country, wrestling with an angel, falling in love with an Irish nationalist, and, finally, meeting the angel's challenge—to express man's fate by writing the novel that would become his masterpiece. Eighty years after it appeared in English, Moby-Dick was translated into French for the first time by the Provençal novelist Jean Giono and his friend Lucien Jacques. The publisher persuaded Giono to write a preface, granting him unusual latitude. The result was this literary essay, Melville: A Novel—part biography, part philosophical rumination, part romance, part unfettered fantasy. Paul Eprile's expressive translation of this intimate homage brings the exchange full circle.Paul Eprile was a co-winner of the French-American Foundation's 2018 Translation Prize for his translation of Melville.
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        Paul Eprile is a longtime publisher (Between the Lines, Toronto), as well as a poet and translator. He is currently at work on the translation of Jean Giono's 1951 novel, The Open Road (forthcoming from NYRB), and lives on the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, Canada.
        Edmund White is the author of twenty-five books, including The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading, which will be published in the spring of 2018.
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Originally published to promote his French translation of Moby-Dick, Jean Giono's Melville: A Novel is an astonishing literary compound of fiction, biography, personal essay, and criticism.
In the fall of 1849, Herman Melville traveled to London to deliver his novel White-Jacket to his publisher. On his return to America, Melville would write Moby-Dick. Melville: A Novel imagines what happened in between: the adventurous writer fleeing London for the country, wrestling with an angel, falling in love with an Irish nationalist, and, finally, meeting the angel's challenge—to express man's fate by writing the novel that would become his masterpiece.
Eighty years after it appeared in English, Moby-Dick was translated into French for the first time by the Provençal novelist Jean Giono and his friend Lucien Jacques. The publisher persuaded Giono to write a preface, granting him unusual latitude. The result was this literary essay, Melville: A Novel—part biography, part philosophical rumination, part romance, part unfettered fantasy. Paul Eprile's expressive translation of this intimate homage brings the exchange full circle.
Paul Eprile was a co-winner of the French-American Foundation's 2018 Translation Prize for his translation of Melville.
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      • source: Nicholas Hewitt, TLS
      • content: "An intelligent and moving translation by Paul Eprile...Giono's book is, as Eprile maintains, 'A Novel,' a rich and haunting 'voyage imaginaire,' shedding light not just on its ostensible subject, but on its author, love and loss, and the process and calling of artistic creation...an extraordinary book which richly deserves this belated attention and fine translation. "
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      • source: Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
      • content: "A giddy fantasia on the life of Herman Melville...It's a fetching little tale."
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      • source: Ryu Spaeth, New Republic
      • content: "For Giono, literature and reality overlap the way that waves sweep over the shore, one ceaselessly refreshing the other and, in certain wondrous moments, giving it a glassy clearness."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "This lyrical novel reimagines Herman Melville's life and adds a hauntingly atmospheric spin....This isn't your typical fictionalized life of a writer--instead, it's an unexpected meditation on the convergence of two literary lives."
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      • source: Adam Fales, Los Angeles Review of Books
      • content: "Giono illustrates how an author's artistic output enriches and illuminates his life, in ways that historical facts cannot provide...Giono expands Melville's context, painting him as a transatlantic heir to Milton and Shakespeare. At the same time, he also expands Melville's own influence, cementing his impact on French culture, which has been considerable."
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        July 17, 2017
        Giono’s experimental short work is not a full-length novel, nor does it have much to do with the real Herman Melville. It is a 20th-century French novelist’s fantasy of what it would be like to be a 19th-century genius inspired to write a masterpiece. According to Edmund White’s introduction, Giono (1895–1970), best known for fiction about his native Provençe, was writing a preface for his 1941 translation of Moby-Dick when his homage turned into a narrative, Giono’s self-portrait blending into and at times overtaking his portrait of Melville. Giono begins his fictional version of literary history with Melville’s return to America from England in 1849—carrying in his suitcase his own embalmed head. Like a Melvillean metaphor, the head symbolizes the American author’s newfound focus on writing Moby-Dick. Giono explains what led to this moment: Melville’s escape from an overbearing mother, his adventures at sea, his later literary success. In Giono’s account, Melville’s London publisher happily accedes to all Melville’s wishes; the writer’s only argument is with his guardian angel, who insists he quit writing entertainments and produce some serious art. Dramatic seascapes and gentle landscapes reveal Giono’s attraction to natural beauty. Evocations of exotic locales ring less true. White’s introduction enhances this slim volume, a literary curiosity with a few memorable passages.

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        August 1, 2017
        This lyrical novel reimagines Herman Melville's life and adds a hauntingly atmospheric spin.There are many novels that have fictionalized the lives of notable writers. In the case of this 1941 book--now appearing in English for the first time--the overlap between author and subject runs deeper than most. Giono is known for his French translation, with Lucien Jacques, of Moby-Dick. This novel was originally intended as the preface for that larger work but quickly became its own distinct entity. Edmund White's introduction helpfully contextualizes this novel within Giono's larger body of work and also provides a useful guide to the areas in which Giono's version of Melville veers away from the historical record. "Giono was the one with the big personality, and the character, 'Melville, ' is his alter ego," White writes. The novel opens as Melville returns to the United States in 1849 after a trip to England; he has "a strange item in his baggage. It was an embalmed head...but it was his own." This metaphorically rich image leads into the story of his time overseas, placing this most American of writers in a foreign land. While traveling, he meets a woman named Adelina White; their heated discussions of politics and philosophy leave him infatuated with her and inspired to write the book that would become his masterpiece. Giono juxtaposes lyrically written paragraphs about Melville's travels with passages in which intense voices of various characters overwhelm the narrative--a sort of literary echo of the juxtapositions that abound in Moby-Dick. A different evocation of that novel comes in a scene where Adelina pragmatically lambasts those who avoid helping the hungry for "philosophizing about the doctrines of Adam Smith and Ricardo." This isn't your typical fictionalized life of a writer--instead, it's an unexpected meditation on the convergence of two literary lives.

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In the fall of 1849, Herman Melville traveled to London to deliver his novel White-Jacket to his publisher. On his return to America, Melville would write Moby-Dick. Melville: A Novel imagines what happened in between: the adventurous writer fleeing London for the country, wrestling with an angel, falling in love with an Irish nationalist, and, finally, meeting the angel's challenge—to express man's fate by writing the novel that would become his masterpiece.
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