Every reader is a potential writer, and every writer is a reader in actuality. Reading Writing is a subjective history of fiction and poetry and a personal meditation on the links between literature and two visual arts: painting and cinema. Gracq’s poetics is founded upon the basic acts of reading and writing and on the relationship between the writer and his language.
This first English-language edition of En lisant en écrivant will mark a turning point in the public reception of Julien Gracq.
Julien Gracq is one of the greatest living French authors. He is the only living author whose works are contained in The Pleiades Editions of French Masterpieces. He won but refused the Prix Goncourt for Le Rivage des Syrtes. He writes “to settle a score with expression itself, to give form, stability, precision to things that are vague in the mind.”