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Ritournelle de la faim  
Author J. M. G. Le Clézio
Original title Ritournelle de la faim
Country France
Language French
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Gallimard,Collection Blanche
Publication date 1 October 2008
Media type Print
Pages 206 pp
ISBN ISBN 9782070122837
OCLC Number 261400573
LC Classification PQ2672.E25 R58 2008

Ritournelle de la faim is the title of a novel written in French by French author and Nobel laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio .


Plot summary

Set in Paris in the 1930s, it tells the story of Ethel, a young woman who must save herself and her parents, torn by the age's politics and their hatred for each other.The story seems so simple. A narrator who is and is not the author tells the story of a young girl - Ethel Brown - who is and is not the mother of JMG Le Clézio.[1]


French language text sample

French language text sample from "Ritournelle de la faim" can be read online [2]

Publication history

Paris : Lire Magazine

Lire. no. 369, (2008): 64[3]

First French Edition

Le Clézio, J. M. G (2008). Ritournelle de la faim. Paris: Gallimard,Collection Blanche. pp. 206. ISBN 9782070122837.  


  1. ^ Poirier, Agnès (2008-11-13). "The New Statesman's round up of the best books of 2008 as suggested by critics and contributors". New Statesman. Retrieved 2008-11-17. "Agnès Poirier:I like angry authors. His 54th book to date...( which will undoubtedly be translated into English after its author won the Nobel Prize for Literature) is of a quiet, grave and classic beauty""  
  2. ^ Le Clézio, J.M.G. (2008-10-01). "Extraits: "Lire n°369"". Retrieved 2008-11-17. ""Roman de la mère comme L'Africain était le récit du père, Ritournelle de la faim raconte l'histoire d'Ethel Brun que l'on suit à la trace entre les années 1930 et les années 1940."This novel is about his mother ,just as "L'Africain" was bout his father.The same old story about hunger tells the story of Ethel Brown though the 1930s and 1940s."  
  3. ^ OCLC 261102194


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