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Nathalie Sarraute - Works (An Incomplete Listing)

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Writer, born in Ivanova, W Russia. Her parents settled in France when she was a child, and she studied at the Sorbonne, at Oxford, and in Berlin before becoming a member of the French bar (1926–41). Her first book was a collection of sketches on bourgeois life, Tropismes (1939, Tropisms), in which she rejected traditional plot development. Known and widely translated as the leading theorist of the nouveau roman (‘new novel’), she developed her views in such novels as Portrait d'un Inconnu (1947, Portrait of a Man Unknown), Le Planétarium (1959, The Planetarium), and Les Fruits d'or (1963, The Golden Fruits). Later works include Collected Plays (1981), Tu ne t'aimes pas (1989, You Don't Love Yourself), and ICI (1995).

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