A guide to the literature and thought of 20th century France. The essays include discussions of: Proust; Celine; Sarraute; Perec; Foucault; Althusser; Lacan; Derrida; Sartre; Camus; and Barthes. Developments such as existentialism, the new novel, structuralism and the OuLiPo are also discussed.
John Sturrock is currently Consulting Editor at the London Review of Books. For many years he was an editor at the Times Literary Supplement. His work as a translator and commentator on French writing has been widely acclaimed in Britain and the United States. He has published books on the French New Novel, Structuralism, and Celine, and he is currently working on a completely new translation of Proust's A Ia recherche du temps perdu.