Guimard, Paul Charles

Guimard, Paul Charles

 

Born Mar. 3, 1921, in Saint-Mars-la-Jaille, Loire Inférieure Department. French writer.

Guimard writes about “little people,” alone and isolated in the bustle of capitalist cities—the novels False Brothers (1955) and A Havre Street (1957; Russian translation, 1961). Their destinies are guided by blind, capricious fate. Guimard’s novel based on material about the Resistance movement is called appropriately The Irony of Fate (1961). Guimard does not present major social problems. His manner is lightly mocking when he sympathizes with a dimwitted and unsuccessful hero or bitingly sarcastic when he portrays wheeler-dealers in the arts.

WORKS

Un Garcon d’honneur. Paris, 1960. (With A. Blondin.)
Les Choses de la vie. Paris, 1967.

REFERENCES

Evnina, E. M. Sovremennyi frantsuzskii roman, 1940-1960. Moscow, 1962. (Bibliography.)
Villelaur, A. “Des Morts en sursis et un pilleur de troncs.” Les Lettres françaises, Oct. 5-11, 1961, no. 895.
Stil, A. “La Mort bête.” L’Humanité, April 25, 1968.

L. A. ZONINA

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