First Edition of Claude Simon's La Route Des Flandres; Inscribed by Him
La Route Des Flandres [The Flanders Road].
Item Number: 1902
Paris: Les Editions De Minuit, 1960.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s classic work. Octavo, original wrappers. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Pour Mademaiselle Allot hommage de l’auteur Claude Simon.” In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
During the German advance through Belgium into France in 1940, Captain de Reixach is shot dead by a sniper. Three witnesses, involved with him during his lifetime in different capacities - a distant relative, an orderly and a jockey who had an affair with his wife - remember him and help the reader piece together the realities behind the man and his death. A groundbreaking work, for which Claude Simon devised a prose technique mimicking the mind's flexible thought processes, "The Flanders Road" is not only a masterpiece of stylistic innovation, but also a haunting portrayal - based on a real-life incident - of the chaos and savagery of war.