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Monsieur Teste: 6 (Collected Works of Paul Valery)

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I’m writing this on the way home from the DEPLE (Portuguese B1) exam at the embassy in Knightsbridge, feeling slightly frazzled. This expanded version in the Princeton Bollingen series is a revised translation by the same translator, Jackson Mathews, who rendered it in English 20 years earlier and later rightly received the award for translation.

On the night of 4 October 1892, during a heavy storm, Paul Valéry entered an existential crisis, which made a big impact on his writing career. It's like how I knew at 17 that Liz Phair's "Exile in Guyville" would be applicable to my love life, but didn't appreciate the tragi-comic implications of that until hearing the album again at 30. I thought I’d jot down what I can remember while I can still remember it because – let’s face it – knowing what I’m like, that won’t be long.Dans La Soirée avec Monsieur Teste, Valéry explique pourquoi, à la recherche du succès littéraire, auquel il aurait pu légitimement aspirer suivant le voeu de ses amis, il a préféré autre chose. Best of all, I resisted my natural inclination to improvise and get myself into convoluted subclauses with no way out. Teste; trechos do diário do próprio; um diálogo de Teste com um narrador; e, antes do fim de Teste, há uma coleção de pensamentos de Monsieur Teste, onde encontramos suas reflexões sobre o pensamento, conhecimento, consciência, sensibilidade, espírito, alma, o eu.

com provides two different latency measurements for your internet connection: “unloaded” and “loaded” with traffic. Valéry's thought here is difficult and his language often abstract; more likely to satisfy readers of a philosophical and aphoristic bent than those seeking the pleasures of conventional fiction. e., has a truth value of either true or false), then the charge of "bullshit" also requires a firm belief that the conditions upon which the bullshit would be true do not in fact obtain. While described as a novel, it’s a genre-defying montage of fiction, philosophical fragments, letters, epigrams, all written over the period of 50 years.All the same, I found it more than worth the effort and would add that it probably requires re-reading to fully appreciate Valéry’s ideas embodied in his protagonist. The fragmentary and incomplete nature of the materials is sometimes frustrating: one wants to know more than Valéry is prepared to reveal. I had spent the last couple of weeks working on conversation generally, and the last two days cramming intensely for the 1:1 questions, and it paid off in bucket loads. I sometimes amuse myself with an idea of our hearts borrowed from physics: they are made of an enormous injustice and a very small justice intimately combined. It’s the 150th anniversary of Paul Valéry’s birth and, knowing him primarily as a poet (familiar only with a few of his poems in passable-at-best translations), I was surprised at the amount of his prose writings.

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