translated by Blake Robinson
The Young Man from Savoy is the story of Joseph Jacquet, "a young man unlike others." The existence of this village boy, hired out as a hand on a schooner, seems fated to unravel from the moment he glimpses the mesmerizing Miss Anabella, a high-wire artiste with a traveling circus. She becomes the object of Joseph's fantasizing obsession, and a catalyst for the bizarre and brutal acts that ensue.
Set at the beginning of the twentieth century in a French mountainside village overlooking Lake Geneva, this tale of all-consuming love plays out against a backdrop that is at once idyllic and askew. Vividly imagined and masterfully wrought, The Young Man from Savoy is a meditative page-turner, a novel whose spare, mutedly lyrical prose stands in contrast to the dramatic tale it recounts. In this remarkable work, acclaimed French Swiss writer C-F Ramuz has left us a lasting legacy, a work of laconic and unsettling power.
Praise for Ramuz and The Young Man from Savoy:
I know of no other writer who has been able to ask the great metaphysical questions in terms of objects, elementary sensations, little everyday phrases.
– Denis de Rougemont, author of Love in the Western World
C-F Ramuz is without doubt one of French Switzerland's literary heavyweights, along with Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Constant. Blake Robinson's translation captures the flow and cadence of Ramuz's poetic vision of the Lake of Geneva.
– Martin Sokolinsky, translator of A Father's Love
An impressive small novel of searching for the absolute... a remarkable find, and well worthwhile.
– The Complete Review
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