Les Forêts de Ravel

  • Prix littéraire du festival Livres et Musique de la ville de Deauville

«Quand Ravel leva la tête, il aperçut, à distance, debout dans l’entrée et sur les marches de l’escalier, une assistance muette. Elle ne bougeait ni n'applaudissait, dans l’espoir peut-être que le concert impromptu se prolongeât. Ils étaient ainsi quelques médecins, infirmiers et convalescents, que la musique, traversant portes et cloisons, avait un à un silencieusement rassemblés. Le pianiste joua encore la Mazurka en ré majeur, puis une pièce délicate et lente que personne n’identifia. Son doigt pressant la touche de la note ultime la fit longtemps résonner.»

En mars 1916, peu après avoir achevé son Trio en la mineur, Maurice Ravel rejoint Bar-le-Duc, puis Verdun. Il a quarante et un ans. Engagé volontaire, conducteur d’ambulance, il est chargé de transporter jusqu'aux hôpitaux de campagne des hommes broyés par l’offensive allemande. Michel Bernard le saisit à ce tournant de sa vie, l'accompagne dans son difficile retour à la vie civile et montre comment, jusqu'à son dernier soupir, «l’énorme concerto du front» n’a cessé de résonner dans l'âme de Ravel.
  • Vermillon
  • Paru le 08/01/2015
  • Genre : Littérature française
  • 176 pages - 140 x 205 mm
  • EAN : 9782710376071
  • ISBN : 9782710376071

Foreign Rights

Les Forêts de Ravel

Rights sold
Espagne (LaBreu, ctalan language)

Awards
Prix de la Ville de Deauville 2015

Presentation

In March 1916, not long after having composed his Trio en la majeur, Maurice Ravel joins the army as a volunteer and goes to Bar-le-Duc, then to Verdun, near the battle-front. He is 41 years old. As an ambulance driver he is in charge of transferring the wounded soldiers to the field hospitals. Michel Bernard evokes this pivotal moment in his life and follows his difficult return to society. With this vivid portrait of both the man and the artist, he imagines how the “great concerto of the front” would continue to echo forever in the soul of Maurice Ravel.

The fascinating narrative of Maurice Ravel’s life is carried by Bernard’s delicate prose, revealing the reserved man behind the genius composer in the context of the First World War and the Golden Twenties.

A work that immerses us in the artist’s creative process and captures his precise and sensitive observation of the world around him.

Michel Bernard was born in Bar-le-Duc. A civil servant, he is the author of Mes tours de France (L’Âge d’Homme, 1999, La Petite Vermillon, 2014) and Comme un Enfant, a fictionalized biography of Charles Trenet (Le Temps qu’il fait, 2003). After La Tranchée de Calonne in 2007 (Prix Erckmann-Chatrian), he published at la Table Ronde La Maison du docteur Laheurte (2008, Prix Maurice Genevoix), Le Corps de la France (2010, Prix Erwan Bergot de l’Armée de Terre), Pour Genevoix (2011), Les Forêts de Ravel (2015, Prix de la Ville de Deauville), Deux remords de Claude Monet (2016, Prix Libraires en Seine) and Le Bon Cœur (2018, Prix Roman France Télévisions).

"Superb, rich and abundant prose.” Le Figaro littéraire

"Bernard’s novel is engaging from start to finish in its delicacy, its melody and its luminosityLivres Hebdo

“The beauty of a language perhaps becomes even more important than what it describes when, as in Bernard’s newest novel, we are completely entranced from just the first few lines. There is something eminently classical and delicate in the style of this discreet author who, in his tenth book, has succeeded magnificently in bringing to life once more the solitary Maurice Ravel, as well as the day-to-day character of the Great War both at its beginning and during the height of its drama, with all its untold secrets.” La Croix

“This year, as we commemorate the centenary of the Great War, we risk growing weary of new texts that take this period as their subject. This doubt is swept away in reading even just a few pages of the airy, slender and syncopated prose of Michel Bernard, which echoes the work of his main character: the genius composer Maurice Ravel.” Présent

“We know nothing of the personal thrills and tragedies of the musician. And yet, bit by bit, we find ourselves slipping into the skin of the author in his solitary home at Montfort-l’Amaury. We need no psychological analysis or dialogue to feel close to him: Bernard’s fantastically rare and musical writing makes the link. Simply Magical.” Télérama

“In beautiful prose that rivals even music itself and towers above contemporary trends, Michel Bernard retells the story of the composer’s experience of the Great War and of his difficult return to society.” Le Nouvel Observateur

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