The writer Dominique Noguez, winner of the prix Fémina in 1997, died in the night from Thursday to Friday in a paris hospital at the age of 76 years, a-t-on learned from his editor. Sensitive writer, a specialist in experimental cinema, Dominique Noguez was the discoverer of literature, Michel Houellebecq. A former student of the École normale supérieure, agrégé in philosophy, is a staunch defender of la francophonie, Dominique Noguez is the author of a protean. It leaves essays on the cinema, many literary essays including The colonization of freshwater, heat the French language? , of several books on Marguerite Duras, news, and nine novels, including black Love (Gallimard), crowned in 1997 by the prix Fémina.
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“The humor is […] the only serious thing. Because, if it truly is triggered, and truly understood, it embraces the whole of human greatness and human distress.”
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He had just published, on 7 march, a book, erudite and funny, one more quote, Mr. executioner! (Albin Michel), bringing together “the most beautiful aphorisms”. This book illustrates well why he had received the black humour award in 1999, with the book Christmas Presents in Zulma. He was also the author of bitter-sweet How to miss completely his life in eleven lessons (Payot & Rivages, 2002). “Humor is a serious thing, this is the only thing more serious, this is the only serious thing. Because, if it truly is triggered, and truly understood, it embraces the whole of human greatness and human distress. It is solar and, at the same time, the darkest night,” he wrote in The Human comedy (Gallimard, 2004).
Dominique Noguez exercised, therefore, the humor with the utmost seriousness. For example, in his beautiful novel The Martagons, , crowned by the prix Roger-Nimier in 1995, in which he tells of the loves, hoaxes, and the explosion of a bunch of parisian friends. “The students of the school Louis Braille Saint_Mandé were able to read (or rather read), this tip from friends: “Blind! Change of vice: become deaf!””, written Noguez, taking pleasure to be confused with its characters. Humour, again, in the precious Montaigne at the brothel & other surprises, bouquet d'”studies sçavantes” on sexuality in the literature so tasty that we’d like them to be true.
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In 2013 he published an autobiographical short story, A year (published by Flammarion), in which he questioned the surprises and the disappointments of love. His latest novel, Interruption (Flammarion) is out the last year. Narrative of an attempt to apply to the College of France, this book sparkling, cerebral, and full of humor, will be remembered as a true ufo literature with conversations sharpened, sex, dinners, enthusiasm, melancholy, and a surprise ending. He had been awarded in 2017 by the prize of the French Academy for his work as a whole.
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One of his last public intervention dates back to December last year when he had regretted, in an article in the World , that the academy Goncourt have not crowned Flap of Philippe Lançon, for the reason that this book is not a novel. Himself a member of the jury of the December price, Dominique Noguez wrote that”it is time that the juries of the major prize acknowledge the existence of a branch increasingly flourishing of the tree literary” is called “autofiction”. It argued for a “recognition of the unity of literature and the equal masterpieces, regardless of the dose of imagination that they have”.
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