It will bring you to your knees. "--Le Nouvel Observateur"
An astonishingly rich, mythic new direction in modern French narrative. --Guy Davenport
Reading Small Lives, I felt profoundly that Michon was carrying on the mark of a true writer: one who speaks in his own voice while conveying with all its immediacy and flesh-and-blood possibility of what it means to be human. "--The Review of Contemporary Fiction"
The emotion, the forceful claims of the imagery . . . Michon achieves what other writers wouldn't try, licensed as he is by keen regret and transfigured loss. Michon misses the poetry of the past, and in missing it he possesses it. --Benjamin Lytal Michon's prose tends to slow down in order to oblige you to hear its rhythms and also to see and touch and smell what is happening beneath it." --Harper's Magazine"
Michon describes with such precision, with such force, that you start to think [it] exists. "--Liberation "
[Michon's] aesthetic integrity and strict austerity have earned him the adoration of critics and made him worth teaching in every university. "--L'Express "
A great book that, in an honest language, honed with gueuloir, was delivered to the world after years of labor, says the story. "--Le Magazine Litteraire"
"This limpid, beautifully understated novel, winner of the French Academy's Grand Prix duRoman, recounts the rise from humble origins of painter Francois-elie Corentin, who eventually produces a masterpiece called "The Eleven" that represents the members of the Committee of Public Safety during the Reign of Terror." -- "Library Journal" (Best Fiction in Translation 2013)show more