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Mondo et autres histoires  
Author J. M. G. Le Clézio
Original title Mondo et autres histoires
Country France
Language French
Genre(s) Short story collection
Publisher Gallimard, Paris
Publication date 1978
Pages 379 pp
ISBN 9782070386765
OCLC Number 299465126

Mondo et autres histoires is the title of a set of short stories written in French by French author and Nobel laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio .

Very visual language in a series of dreamlike settings.

Contents

Contents

This collection of short stories is presented in this order:

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Mondo

This is a story about a boy who may have had many friends but who never actually had a family of his own. It is accompanied by Saltimnques . Those people who red those comic books happen to be postal workers .An old man teaches the boy to read but it is an old woman who first welcomes him to life near the sea and to the salty sea air. There are some side story in this short story such as a story about grey vans hidden so as to lurk and prey on children [1]

Lullaby

About a young girl whose father is far away from her. Once when her mother was asleep this girl decided not to go to school and play truant by going to the sea shore and there discovers hitherto unknown recources of the sea-side ,like in her discovery of how the rocks and the sun are by the sea.[1]

La montagne du dieu vivant

Jon takes part in a cycling event and gets to climb a mountain where it seems to Jon that everything is beautiful. In this story the author uses metaphors parallel to the one used by Christ: like when Jon meets a child who speaks as would a prophet.[1]

La roue d'eau

Jub is the king of a city. The city is described as if it were ancient and it may just be that this city is in ruins because the reader senses being shown a mirage when reading this story. [1]

Celui qui n'avait jamais vu la mer

Daniel dreams of the sea and one day he flees school to explore a part of the sea for himself.[1]

Hazaran

Alia loves Martin, who tells stories about a land called Hazaran, although the latter is a hermit living outside the village. There is a man telling stories and this man guides his community by fasting. [1]

Peuple du ciel

The People of the sky tells the story of a blind girl named Petite Croix ,who spends the day sitting on the edge of a cliff and searching for answers to a question:
what is blue ?
she thinks she sees eyes in the sky [1].This story reads like an ode to simplicity while contemplating nature that surrounds us.

Peuple du ciel published other than in Mondo et autres histoires

People of the sky and "shepherds" (Les Bergers) are the two novellas that were extracted from "Mondo et autres histoires" and published together ,but without the other stories in book form [2].

Peuple du ciel has no known English translation

Although "Peuple du ciel" has not yet been translated into English,it has been given English titles such as "the Cloud people" or "People of the sky"

Les bergers

In English the term "shepherds is the equivilent to the French term "Le Bergers".This is the story of Gaspar, who went missing but discovers fronds and learns how to herd animals as well as the pleasure of having meals around the fire. [1]

Publication history

First French Edition

Le Clézio, J. M. G (1978) (in French). Mondo et autres histoires. Paris: Gallimard. pp. 379. ISBN 2070386767.  

Second French Edition

Le Clézio, J. M. G (1987) (in French). Mondo et autres histoires. Paris: Gallimard Education. pp. 379. ISBN none.  

Third French Edition

Le Clézio, J. M. G (1996) (in French). Mondo et autres histoires. Paris: Gallimard Education. pp. 379.  

Fourth French Edition

Le Clézio, J. M. G; Prefaced by Christophe-Édouard Konaté and with an illustrated presentation by Isabelle Varloteaux (1982) (in French). Mondo Et Autres Histoires (Collection Folio) (French Edition) (Mass Market Paperback). Paris: Gallimard Education. pp. 377. ISBN 978-2070373659. OCLC 281627788.  12th re-Print Gallimard,Paris 2008 (With new author biography) and 2000 (Reprint: 1982 ed)

Fifth French Edition

Le Clézio, J. M. G; Prefaced by Christophe-Édouard Konaté and with an illustrated presentation by Isabelle Varloteaux (2006) (in French). Mondo et autres histoires. Paris: Gallimard Education, Folioplus classiques, 67. pp. 377. ISBN 9782070337859.  

Sixth French Edition

Le Clézio, J. M. G (2008 Reprint: 1982 ed. With new author biography) (in French). Mondo et autres histoires. Paris: Gallimard. pp. 310. ISBN 9782070373659.  

Mondo for the cinema

"Mondo"is movie in the French language with English subtitles about a 10-year-old gypsy boy.
"Mondo" was co-written and directed by Tony Gatlif based on the short story as written by J. M. G. Le Clézio(1995)[3]

External links

Reviews

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mondo et autres histoires" (in French). Pralineries. 2008-10-27. http://pralinerie.blogspot.com/2008/10/mondo-et-autres-histoires.html. Retrieved 2009-06-12.  
  2. ^ Le Clézio, J. M. G; Illustrated by Georges Lemoine (1990) (in French). La grande vie ;
    suivi de,Peuple du ciel
    . Paris: Gallimard Jeunesse. pp. 90. ISBN 9782070551798.
     
  3. ^ "Mondo". 1995. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117076/. Retrieved 2008-11-07. "In Gatlif's retelling, Mondo is alienated by the busy consumer society of Nice, France: he is always hiding from city officials who try to arrest him and he feels ill-at-ease in the bustling downtown area."  

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