Friday, 19 December 2014
Gold - Blaise Cendrars
Then - the twist no one could ever have seen coming - gold was discovered on his land, and it ruined him.
Cendrars was a modernist, himself half-Swiss. He seems to have spent fifteen years boiling this epic story down to a bare 120 pages. The result, published in 1924, is startling and seductive. He declaims what seem to be facts but are probably not. There is no characterisation, no real development. Yet this detachment somehow contrives to make the great man's stupendous downfall all the more poignant.
A striking original, well worth discovering.