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My Friend from Limousin

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Title:My Friend from Limousin
Giraudoux, Jean-Hippolyte   
(5 of 5 for author by title)
La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu
Wilcox, Louise Collier   
Published:   1923
Publisher:Harper & Brothers Publishers
Tags:fiction, military, war, World War I

The story of a World War I survivor, Siegfried, who suffers from amnesia and plans to lead Germany into an era of modernization. On the way to this goal, he faces the resistance and opposition of Baron von Zelten, who strongly supports the tradition and old relations of German society. Originally a French soldier, Siegfried’s nurse, Eva, took advantage of his amnesia and trained him as a German. Baron borrows a girl named Geneva, who was Siegfried’s former lover, to remind the hero of the past. The Baron and Genevieve gradually believe that Siegfried can lead Germany to a higher position, but through many conflicts, Siegfried returns to France with Genevieve in the end to continue his past life. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Giraudoux, Jean-Hippolyte

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Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux (Oct. 29, 1882,—Jan. 31, 1944), was a French dramatist who wrote 15 plays, most initially staged by the actor-director Louis Jouvet and later internationally acclaimed. Giraudoux was also a prose writer and served France as a diplomat and government official.

Giraudoux was born in the village of Bellac and studied at the École Normale Supérieure. In his youth he traveled extensively — to Germany, Italy, the Balkans, Canada, and the United States, where he spent a year (1906-07) as an instructor at Harvard. Returning to France, he served in World War I, was twice wounded, and became the first writer ever to be awarded the wartime Legion of Honor.

His worldwide importance rests on such plays as Amphitryon 38 (1929; Eng. trans., 1938), Judith (1931), Tiger at the Gates (1935; Eng. adaptation of La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu, 1955, by Christopher Fry), Ondine (1939; Eng. trans., 1961), and The Madwoman of Chaillot (1945; Eng. trans., 1949), which was published and produced posthumously. Giraudoux also wrote five novels, the best known being My Friend from Limousin (1922; Eng. trans., 1923) and Bella (1926; Eng. trans., 1927), and numerous short stories. He was one of France's outstanding essayists during the interwar years, best known for such literary studies as Racine (1930) and such political studies as Pleins Pouvoirs (Full Powers, 1939). At the start of World War II, he served as minister of information under Premier Édouard Daladier.

Giraudoux’s dramatic and narrative style is a rich and inimitable blend of allusive prose, allegory, fantasy, and political and psychological perceptions. He tempered tragic themes with rueful comedy, as though he wished to unite the contrasting qualities of Racine, Molière, Maeterlinck, and Baudelaire.

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