French Studies THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, SINCE 1945 By SEAN HAND, Lecturer in French, University College ofWales, Aberystwyth I. EssAYs, STUDIES, CRITICAL THEORY The year began well. InJanuary, Herve Hamon and Patrick Rotman brought out the second volume of Generation, entitled Les annees de poudre, Seuil, 695 pp., treating us to a delicious prolongation of this impressive livre-jleuve and bringing us from the first volume's I 968 and all that up to the present day. Firing from the present-tense hip as ever, and featuring many hilarious episodes, such as Sartre at the Renault factory, this enormous document is none the less an acute and valuable account of the interaction of certain writers with contemporary society, among other things. Complete with an index to both volumes, it is the ideal gift for any turboproj Also light is Jude Stefan, Dialogue des .figures, Seyssel, Champ Vallon, I35 pp., which is hardly a work of criticism but does qualify as an amusing and often elegantly turned series of imaginary dialogues that 'figure' major names in the modern period. The conveyor belt runs from Gide to Sollers by way of Sartre, Bataille, Blanchot, Beckett, Perros, and Reda, among others. At its best when indulging
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