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325,000 Francs : Twentieth Century Texts - Roger Vailland

325,000 Francs

Twentieth Century Texts

By: Roger Vailland, David Nott (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th May 1989
ISBN: 9780415017107
Number Of Pages: 217

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325,000 Francs is a story of ambition and failure. Bernard Busard loves Marie-Jeanne Lemercier, but she will marry him only if he finds something better than his dead-end job at the plastics factory and takes her away from the small town where they live in Eastern France. To win her, he gives up his ambition to become a professional racing cyclist, signs a contract to take over a snack-bar on the N7, and, to pay off the balance on the deposit - 325,000 francs - works twelve hours a day for six months at a machine making plastic toys. The novel is remarkable for its dramatic construction, vivid characterisation and clear, economical style. Psychological interest centres on the relationship between Bernard and Marie-Jeanne, but they are also shown in their social setting, and the presence of an observer-narrator involves the reader in a challenging way, while leaving open the interpretation of a novel which, in Vailland's words has, 'toutes les faces possibles de la realite'. David Nott's edition includes a chronology of Vailland's life and works; an introduction which examines the development of Vailland's ideas, the origins and structure of 325,000 Francs , and its presentation of social and personal relationships; a bibliography; and notes to the text, explaining references and difficult words and phrases.

Acknowledgements
Photograph: Roger Vailland a Meillonnas, 1955 Map
Oyonnax and the Ain Department
Introduction
Roger Vailland
The Place of 325 000 francs in Vailland's work
325 000francs: external sources
The Author as narrator
Social relationships in 325 000 francs
Personal relationships in 325 000 francs
325 000 francs: structure and imagery
Interpretations of 325 000 francs
Critical reception of 325 000 francs
Notes to the Introduction
Select Bibliography 325 000 francs
Notes to the text
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415017107
ISBN-10: 0415017106
Series: Twentieth Century Texts
Audience: Primary / High School
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 217
Published: 11th May 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.85  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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