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Wikipedia U jIng and almost sobbing tells meTells you what You askWhy do you care It is not a story it is supposed to be a review of Jac Life is but a series of misunderstandingsTo me navigating life as a mother and teacher and daughter and sister and spouse and friend and neighbour and commuter and grocery shopper and reader and artist on extended sabbatical is a lot about trying to match my own misunderstandings as far as I am aware of them with those of my environment And as that is no easy task I occasionally experience deep pessimism which I cure with Thomas Bernhard s prose Once in recovery mode I switch to DiderotJacues le Fataliste is not only a very funny and witty account of life as it hits us in the face it is also a philosophicalourney towards awareness and acceptance of the absurdities we encounter and create for ourselvesWith Diderot s Jacues and Voltaire s Candide in my pocket I set out to explore the world as a young adult in the ancient remote times of the last decade of a past centurymillennium And as life moves in loops I always end up revisiting the elouence of Enlightenment in times of Ancien R gime intoleranceTo Jacues Exclusive Interview with Denis Diderot Author and PhilosopherReader Can you tell us a little about how this book took shape Mr DiderotDD There s not much to tell All I know is that one day two figures on horseback appeared on the page before me and it soon became clear that the one called Jacues he was definitely a Jacues was the servant of the otherR Were Don uichotte and his servant Sancho Panza an inspiration perhapsDD Who knows what connections there are between what we ve read previously and what we find on the page in front of us It s true that Jacues and his master seemed to go together from the beginning like uichotte and Sancho the one definitely couldn t exist without the otherR Right So you had the two characters What happened next DD Well since they were riding along a road together they found themselves conversing R So you decided to write the story in the form of a dialogueDD One of the characters seemed to like telling stories and as the other seemed to be a good listener and knew how to ask leading uestions a dialogue was inevitable I d sayR Inevitable That s funny in the context of this book But we ll come back to that later Right now I want to ask you about your characters Cannibal Encounters journey You say at the beginning that it wasn t important where they had been or where they were going but you must have had some idea where you wanted them to end upDD Not at all Iust knew there were two characters who seemed to be on a ourney I trusted that one or other or both would know where they were going I was as much in the dark as the readerR Hmm Since you ve mentioned the reader can I ask why you digressed so freuently from the story that Jacues was telling his master and started to tell the reader your own stories ones that were completely unrelated to Jacues story so that the book became a series of nested stories a bit in the style of Tristram ShandyDD It s like this I took advantage of the various times that Jacues got interrupted in his story to insert some story ideas I had lying about on my desk And Sterne s book was on my desk too incidentallyR Saying you were taking advantage of the interruptions is surely a bit disingenuous it was you who created those interruptions after allDD Such as when Jacues horse took off across a field That horse had a mind of his own you know Even Jacues couldn t control him and we all
Know How Stubborn Jacues how stubborn Jacues Oh yes I very much enjoyed watching how well Jacues resisted his master s efforts to get him to continue the story of his love life when he didn t feel like talking he really was a very stubborn character but really was a very stubborn character But could have made him continue couldn t you Why didn t you DD As I say he gave me good opportunities to use material I had lying about and hadn t yet found a use forR And then you decided to make Jacues and his master or less switch roles Why did you do that DD Oh
WELL THAT SWITCH HAPPENED AFTER THEthat switch happened after the telling session in the hostelry and had little to do with me uite a bit to do with la Dive Bouteille I d imagine If the hostel keeper s servant would keep bringing bottles up from the cellar what could I do A good bottle of wine wins over all obstacles R Oh yes didn t Jacues have a very Rabelaisian session in that tavern I noticed that he took advantage of every tiny pause in the hostel keeper s story to order another bottle until he became completely groggified I enjoyed that section a lot and I even kept Jacues company with a glass or two of my own But it did seem to take a long time for the effects of Jacues drinking session to wear off and then when they set out again on their ourney the master had to start telling the story of his own love life instead DD Were you surprised at that R Yes I think I was as I hadn t imagined any past for him at all He was Transformational and Charismatic Leadership just Jacues master and all I knew about him was that he often consulted his pocket watch and invariably took a pinch of snuff right afterwards But then as he began to tell the story of his relationship with Agathe he began to take shape as a character and I was reminded once again of how much I love stories I became so involved in his adventures that I was frustrated when there were interruptionsust as Jacues was And I even wanted to interrupt the stories myself from time to time with warnings similar to the ones Jacues began to give but I soon learned to stay uiet following Jacues example and Fizzics just hoped the master would overcome his trials without our help And then near the end I felt myself to beust as much the master s dupe as Jacues seemed to be but I got through that bit again by following Jacues example and was reconciled to the outcome But hold on it. Iderot's fascination with fate and examines the experimental and influential literary techniues that ma.
Read & download Í eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ß Denis DiderotPerfection Self consciously Shandian spawn which is one of the best things a book can be with a wit and intelligence that is still simply staggering I have read it twice but for some reason nothing else of his Will have to rectify this omission asap It s not that I know anything much about it first hand either as practitioner or as one who consumes the stuff so my diagnosis and treatment regimen are entirely obliue But you know it is not so uncommon to hear the compliant about MFAprose Like I said I don t really know what that means because I a don t have an MFA b probably don t read people with MFA s c read lotssome of folks who teach MFA s d but don t find anything particularly MFA ish about them most oddly it s a complaint I heard once about Ms Young s giant novel being MFA ish which is totally weird except for the fact that she used to teach MFA s in a uonset hut over in Iowa City right about the time this whole thing blew up And can you say that a Coover or a Barth both made their dough from the eager young studentwriter are in any way MFA ish And well how about Richmond Must Fall j I don t think it s the prose that s the problem it s the stuff that s the matter Not MFAprose but MFAAboutness And MFAForm Okay so much for an obliuely and uniuely uninformed diagnosis The treatment regimen is basically the same as it has always been and this won t work for everyone but everyone should take a look at it So first time as tragedy second as farce and what I mean here as first is that Barth has already done it redid what had already been done and I d suggest that if there be a cure for MFAmyopia it will be to repeat farcically what Barth has already repeated in the farcically tragic mode I mean basicallyust a skip the MFA and ust read read read read and b skip the twentieth and nineteenth centuries altogether they ve been beaten to death with the obvious exception of the Barthmodel we are following here and Finnegans Wake which always goes without saying Just skip all that crap What I m saying is reawaken your story nerve and ust fuck this stuff about prose gods aren t you tired of hearing about prose yet Here are a few things to try Jacues the FatalistThe Arcades Project really a bit anachronistic but ust look at that FormThe Anatomy of MelancholyThe Father s The HistoriesAesop s FablesBurton s 1001 NightsThe History of the Peloponnesian War among other such and similarPlato The PancatantraThe Faerie ueeneLivy and all that Roman stuffGibbon s great Decline Fall goes without sayingDarwin if you re into that kind of thingHomerVirgil and related such epics from the NotGreeks like those Sagas from Iceland and those other Scandinavian booksHegel s Phenomenology is the standard Bildungsroman so you ll want to avoid that one Try Schelling s Ages of the World insteadOvidThose six Chinese classicsThe Indian books Barth likes you know which ie anything with River or Ocean or both in its titleThe Lais of Marie de France Miss MacIntosh My
DARLINGSCREW PROUSTANY ARTHURIAN THING THAT ISProustAny Arthurian thing that is MontyPythonChaucer the FAT 2005 Penguin edit d by Jill Mann and Boccaccio and suchnotRabelais naturally and the rest of the everincreasing trinityStuff like Diderot and why not the whole
L Encyclop die Diderot et d AlembertAnd then a really really BIG etc You get the picture Basically whatEncyclop die Diderot et d AlembertAnd then a really really BIG etc You get the picture Basically what m saying is don t do a DFW and try to overcome postmodern fiction be Rather Like WTV And like WTV and with the assumption of being already free of the PoMo dilemma repeat the Barthian gesture in the name of not becoming trapped in the Barthian morassOr if you want your prose to be totally knotMFA ust do the thing Vonnegut did and go to school to learn about something about which you can mold the aboutness of your writing and totally screw the idea of learning HOW to write You know the Best Stuff The Canon The Classics were always written without the shackle of Doing It The Write Way And for all I know don t read The New YorkerButwhat does any of this have to do with Diderot I don t know But there s that thing about how Diderot hates novels And novelists might be a little better off with a bit of the despising of the thing they are creating Maybe that s it For those exhausted or defeated by Tristram Shandy here is a precursor to the postmodern novel that packs in incident philosophy bitching and warm humour in its 237 pages than most modern avant garde writers manage in a whole corpus Jacues the titular Fatalist attempts to recount the tale of his first lov Master Do you prayJacues SometimesMaster And what do you sayJacues I say Thou who mad st the Great Scroll whatever Thou art Thou whose finger hast traced the Writing Up Above Thou hast known for all time what I needed Thy will be done AmenMaster Don t you think you would do ust as well if you shut upIt is often too easy for me to forget that high humor and religious cynicism are not new developments within the realm of published fiction On top of that as much as we readers here about pomo trickery and meta humor these terms often used as insults akin to calling someone trendy are generally associated with literature no than a century old Well to all you pomos and popomos allow me to introduce you to Denis Diderot He is your metatastic brother from another great great great great great grandmother At some point before his death in 1784 he composed Jacues the Fatalist in some editions titled Jacues the Fatalist and His Master an arguably better name because of the fact that it directly references the text s play on character power dynamics 1784 Remember thatThis novel written in the stage play style seen above combined with freuent asides by an omniscient brassy narrator tells the story of real life storytelling as depicted in written form Diderot breaks down the common motifs of the stock novel holding. Jacues the Fatalist is a provocative exploration of the problems of human existence destiny and free wi. ,
Its cliches in one hand and the reality of conversing with other human beings in the other The dialogue is the same interrupted rambling endless swirl of words that we tend to find in actual attempts at expressing ourselves verbally either one on one or in groups Therefore stories are begun and left unfinished people are cut off corrected and reprimanded and plot possibilities are dangled in front of the reader and left to his or her Jacues le Fataliste et son ma tre Jacues the Fatalist Denis Diderot 1713 1784Jacues the Fatalist and his Master French Jacues le fataliste et son ma tre is a novel by Denis Diderot written during the period 1765 1780 The first French edition was published posthumously in 1796 but it was known earlier in Germany thanks to Goethe s partial translation which appeared in 1785 and was retranslated into French in 1793 as well as Mylius s complete German version of 1792The main subject of the book is the relationship between the valet Jacues and his master who is never named The two are traveling to a destination the narrator leaves vague and to dispel the boredom of the ourney Jacues is compelled by his master to recount the story of his loves However Jacues s story is continually interrupted by other characters and various comic mishaps Other characters in the book tell their own stories and they too are continually interrupted There is even a reader who periodically interrupts the narrator with uestions objections and demands for information or detail The tales told are usually humorous with romance or sex as their subject matter and feature complex characters indulging in deception Jacues s key philosophy is that everything that happens to us down here whether for good or for evil has been written up above on a great scroll that is unrolled a little bit at a time Yet Jacues still places value on his actions and is not a passive character Critics such as J Robert Loy have characterized Jacues s philosophy as not fatalism but determinism The book is full of contradictory characters and other dualities One story tells of two men in the army who are so much alike that though they are the best of friends they cannot stop dueling and wounding each other Another concerns Father Hudson an intelligent and effective reformer of the church who is privately the most debauched character in the book Even Jacues and his master transcend their apparent roles as Jacues proves in his insolence that his master cannot live without him and therefore it is Jacues who is the master and the master who is the servant The story of Jacues s loves is lifted directly from Tristram Shandy which Diderot makes no secret of as the narrator at the end announces the insertion of an entire passage from Tristram Shandy into the story Throughout the work the narrator refers derisively to sentimental novels and calls attention to the ways in which events develop realistically in his book At other times the narrator tires of the tedium of narration altogether and obliges the reader to supply CERTAIN TRIVIAL DETAILS 2008 1386 358 trivial details 2008 1386 358 1387 18 Diderot it is a name less prestigious than Rousseau and Voltaire We think of the Encyclopedia some erotic novels well done the libertins novels of XVIII are often boring His tomb is not even in the Pantheon contrary in two othersAnd then there was Kundera And Kundera worships him So I m obliged to interest to him Diderot was in ail for his ideas To escape the censorship he split up his writings Paradoxically I think that Diderot remains to discoverThus Jacues the fatalist Why fatalist Literally it is what is already said what is already written The fatalist it is someone who believes that all which arrives at him is written on a big book The fate governs the world and one has to bow before it We attend an opposition identical to that of Dom JuanDon Giovanni and his servant L porello Master laughs at his servant He believes in the free arbitrator But things complicate because Diderot does not believe in the free will He has even a certain affection for Jacues who even if he is fatalist reacts with ingenuity in front of events Jacues it is the fatalism without the resignationThis maieutics in fact is much balanced than to da PonteMoli re Jacues is not
RIDICULOUS HE DEFENDS WELL HIMSELF ANDhe defends well himself And see the conceptions of Diderot taking shape His obsession up to the death it is the physiology He is an admirer of the doctor Th ophyle de Bordeu for whom the human individuality involves strengths far complex than the simple Newton physicsThese combinations are passed on by generations in generations and grow rich thanks to capacity of the brain The man is modifiable Remarkable it makes of him a precursor of the neurosciences And it is of the assertion of his individuality which we can break with the And it is of the assertion of his individuality which we can break with the conceptions are far from being mechanistic Marx put him in the materialists but he made a mistake It is Rousseau the inspirer of the revolutionaries and the MarxistsDiderot did not believe in God but I think that there was in him a form of spirituality It is a kind of religion of the man that he proposes Man has only a single right that of the ustice and a single duty that to make happy Beautiful program Jacues the Fatalist is complex and witty and contains some fairly interesting ideas about free will and determinism I enjoyed Jacues experimentalism and humour though these are far less impressive given the novel s similarities and proximity to Tristram Shandy So I m sitting in my place when the door bell rings I open the door to find a girl with chocolaty curly hair whom I never have seen before she takes hold of my hand with both her hands imploring me to help her Suddenly I m a superhero and she is a damsel in distress and so I ask her what is wrong And she sigh. Ll In the introduction to this brilliant translation David Coward explains the philosophical basis of .