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Evening Star


By (author) Colette
Translated by D. Le Vay
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jan 1973
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
Weight: 312g
ISBN-10: 0720602122
ISBN-13: 9780720602128
Barcode No: 9780720602128

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This is a companion piece to The Thousand and One Mornings (1973) - more reflective, and a little more substantial (as remotely as that qualifier applies to Colette) - written, or as she would say scribbled, in her seventies when she was bedbound but never restive - "the sky alone is distraction enough." These apercus (Fr., but who could be more French) skitter through the war years and their "trying passivity"; back to the Great War; over a graphological treatise on homosexuality which she finds a most sad condition; over losses - particularly her friend Helene, a prominent turn of the century poet; over her writing - the last page of a novel demands a full stomach so that congestion can promote inspiration. Thoughts of age intrude occasionally and then there's that shadowed closing line - "from here I can see the end of the road." Perhaps just a coda to those other forty books - but Colette is very much here as she was, a charming presence. (Kirkus Reviews)