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Quand l'intime devient éthique : du régionalisme à l'universel dans la Trilogie niçoise de Louis Nucera

Abstract : In the second half of the twentieth century, writers tried to fathom the world’s upheavals. Louis Nucera’s writings in this post-war context are little known. Yet they cover numerous literary genres. The musical quality of his interior monologue leaves us with an impression unlike anything we have ever known. His narrative becomes a labyrinthine meandering through the maze of memory, in search of a mother gone too soon. The “romancero nucerien”, consisting of a plethora of short portraits, becomes a true family album of the ordinary people of Nice. The reader finds traces of ancestors which will never leave him. The Trilogy novels also plunge the reader into the heart of history and its crises. Avenue des Diables-Bleus, Chemin de la Lanterne and Le Kiosque à Musique span no fewer than twenty-three centuries. At a time when committed literature and ambitious literary schools were vying with each other, Louis Nucera chose to resort to a solitary and intimate voice. He depicts the ordinary people of Nice whilst constantly praising them for the authenticity of the human values they embody. Underneath the captivating voice of these intimate family novels, one can also read, as if it were a palimpsest, a personal history of French communism from illusions to awakening. The author draws upon a true philosophy of life, in which the only entities still worth fighting for are friends, relatives and loving couples. The only rule to be followed is to rediscover a sense of endeavour and a taste for hard work and to keep imparting the lessons of the past. Both an endless literary quest and a painful reflection on the act of writing unfold in his novels.Key-words: Louis Nucera, Nice, 20th century French literature, mother, memory, novel, autobiography, auto fiction, poetic narrative, portrait, historical novel, history, communism.
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Fabienne Langoureau-Morel. Quand l'intime devient éthique : du régionalisme à l'universel dans la Trilogie niçoise de Louis Nucera. Littératures. Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014NICE2053⟩. ⟨tel-01178521⟩

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