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The Silent Crossing (French List)


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A prolific essayist, novelist, translator, philosopher, and a critic of rare elegance, Pascal Quignard returns anew to the major questions of existence in The Silent Crossing, a haunting homage to life and liberty, to society and solitude, and to the binding and unbinding that constitute the weft of our lives.
Drawing on materials from across many cultures, Quignard makes an effort to establish shared human values as the breeding ground for a modern Enlightenment. Considering atheism as a spiritual liberation, suicide as a free act, and the rejection of society as a free choice, the author explores philosophical themes that have run through human civilizations—most often as heresies—from our earliest days. In his search for freedom, Quignard questions the binding dependency of religion, querying how, in a world where all forms of society presuppose that someone (or some collective) is looking over our shoulders, we can be free. These reflections, he implies, are the essential spiritual exercise for our times.
Few voices in contemporary French literature are more distinct than that of Quignard. By reading this fragmentary, episodic assemblage of intimate experiences and borrowed tales, we open up a space of liberty, creating for the reader space for meditation and, perhaps, liberation.
Pascal Quignard is undoubtedly the most iconoclastic of contemporary French authors.”—Catherine Argand, Lire
“Quignard has redefined historical fiction as both hoax and enigma.”—Burning Deck on Wooden Tablets: Apronenia Avitia

About the Author

Pascal Quignard is the author of Sex and Terror, and Les Ombres Errantes, for which he was awarded the 2002 Prix Goncourt. Both are available in translation from Seagull Books. Chris Turner is a writer and translator who lives in Birmingham, England. For Seagull Books, he has translated Jean-Paul Sartre’s The Aftermath of War, Portraits, and Critical Essays; and André Gorz’s Ecologica and The Immaterial.


Table of Contents

Translators Acknowledgement

1. (The Infants Boat)

2. Louise Brulé

3. Quai de la fausse rivière

4. (Étienne Mallarmé)

5. Laodamia

6. Salomon of London

7. The City from the Other World

8. The Dust Devil

9. (Exile)

10. (Hell)

11. (Cardinal Mazarin)

12. (Nekyia)

13. (Madame de La Fayette)

14. The Last Tourney

15. (La Valliote)

16. (Annes Skull)

17. Eternal Damnation

18. (Bellerophon)

19. The Last Abbot

20. (Do not become Yourself)

21. Ipsimus

22. Separate, Sacred Communication

23. (Countess of Hornoc)

24. Whitcomb Judson

25. Ecstasy and Enstasy

26. Impetuous Death

27. De Suicidio

28. (Arria)

29. (Origo atheismi)

30.  Jesus the Suicide

31. Liberty

32. The Definition of ‘The Open

33. Autarkès

34. Menephron

35. (Dogs and Cats)

36. (The Sadness of Liberty)

37. (Insulae)

38. Marvellous Hatred

39. (Jaw)

40. (The Prague City Clock)

41. Bossuets Mouth

42. (January)

43. (Candelmas)

44.(Caesars Penultimate Words)

45. (On the Supposed Functions of Death)

46. (The Caterpillar Knows Nothing . . .)

47. The Singing Festivals of the Marais

48. Kingdom of the Shadows

49. (Il Morto)

50. (Vis)

51. The Boat with the Black Flames

52. On the Power Inherent in the Colour Black

53. Pompey

54. (On those Banned from Hell)

55. (Franz Süssmayr)

56. (Philodemus of Herculaneum)

57. Experiri

58. (De reliquo)

59. (On the Chrysanthemums Entry into the History of France)

60. (The Umbilical)

61. (The Emperor Alexander)

62. (Rites of the Dead)

63. (Thamus)

64. (The 1878 Epigraph)

65. De atheismo

66. (Atheists and Men of Letters)

67. (Gott ist tot)

68. The Four Theses

69. Superstitiosi, Religiosi, People in Mourning

70. Immortalia ne speres

71. (Death of Henrietta Anne of England)

72. (De natura decorum)

73. The Castle of Grief

74. Post-mortem Assaults on Reputation

75. The Cat

76. (Armida)

77. Porte Saint-Ouen

78. Old Thunderstorm

79. Quomodo dicis quod amas me

80. (Oxford)

81. (Cäcilia Mūller)

82. (François Pontrain)

83. Lille

84. The Bay of Naples in 1552

85. (The Seven Fishermen)

86. Charons Bark

Translators Notes

Product Details

Quignard, Pascal
Seagull Books
Turner, Chris
General Philosophy
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Seagull Books - The French List
Publication Date:
8 x 5 in

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