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  • 329
  • Le uatrième Mur
  • Sorj Chalandon
  • French
  • 07 March 2019
  • 9782246808718

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  1. says:

    have wanted to read this book since the salon du livre francophone de Beyrouth took place I had many magical encounters during this year's salon du livre the most marking one being that with Sorj Chalandon when interviewed about this book his latest The plot instantly struck me with its ingenuity During the Lebanese civil war Sam a Jewish Greek revolutionary and theater lover living in France decides to mount the play Antigone by Anouilh in the heart of tormented Beirut And if that wasn't challenging enough for him he wanted the actors to be from the different confessions that are at war The idea seems crazy but he sees in it a hope to unite the Lebanese people that are literally killing each other To have the shooting cease for one or two hours is Sam's life dream Unfortunately he falls ill and finds himself unable to leave the hospital bed so he entrusts the mission to his friend GeorgesThe book naturally was a success and was awarded both the prix Goncourt le choix de l'Orient and the prix Goncourt le choix des lycéens Altogether everything made me want to read the book but I didn't buy it for it was too expensive for me Chit chatting with my friends I mentioned both the salon du livre and Le uatrième mur Few months later my generous friend Mohammad surprised me with the book for my birthday So this review is for himTo start the title itself is extremely beautiful and successfully incorporated in the story at least twice The first time the author explains that the uatrième mur is an imaginary wall that the actors draw between them and the audience to stay in the play The second time is at the very end of the book and I can't spoil it for you but I can only say Bravo I also thought of the title when they chose to mount the play in a bombarded theater that looked like a roman open air hippodrome because it has only 3 walls leftThe style of writing was very peculiar and consisted mostly of short sentences some were really short mimicking to a great extent the way Sorj Chalandon naturally speaks in real life It wasn't what I look for usually in books but it was very amusing What I loved in the book was that the author chose to mount Antigone by Anouilh not that of Sophocles for several reasonsThe first and least important is that it would be complicated to mount a play that includes Gods in a country killing for religionSecond the author and Sam think that Antigone of Anouilh is revolutionary and that Antigone of Sophocles is just fulfilling male indicted willsAnd last but not least the fact that Antigone of Anouilh was mounted during Nazi occupation of Paris with the guards wearing Gestapo like clothes How did the Nazis accept? Well they were happy because Antigone dies thinking that the resistance dies and that they win so it's only normal for the guards who kill Antigone the winning team to be Nazis Then why did the French accept? Because they thought that the resistance triumphed through Antigone's death which lead to the death of the king's son and his wife's suicide leaving him alone with his guards waiting a death that was not far all his glory was destroyed when he faced the resistanceNow the fun part was how Sorj Chaldandon casted a Chirstian a Palestinian girl a Druze and a couple of Shiites and other Lebanese minorities to play Antigone her fiancé the king the guards and other characters Can you guess which confession was playing which character? It was also very interesting to learn how each confession interpreted Antigone I have always thought of Antigone the way the Phalangist character in the play did meaning that her death could have been avoided and that her stubbornness killed her and that she didn't achieve anything But after I learned about the Anouilh historical anecdote I cannot but admit how mistaken I was and that I now totally agree on Antigone from the point of view of the Palestinian protagonist Antigone is the resistance and the resistance shall overcome and winThe best part by far was the ending where the book became a play in form and in content Enough said read itHowever there were parts that I hated in the book mostly Georges I didn't like him because of the violence he is involved in Jussieu where I went for university studies was however mentioned in some of those violent events so yaaaay?? I was also repulsed by what he did to the Phalangist because it didn't make sense at all to me it was another one of those everybody in the war is a criminal but let's just punish the phalangists onlyOn a personal deeper interpretation I thought Gorges and Sorj notice the name play were very close but that there was a part of Sam in Sorj too the part that is mature and most importantly compassionate and it made me happy Other little things that bothered me were that although Sorj was very familiar with Lebnon having covered up the war in 82 he missed a couple of things in the book for example I am not sure the Druze wear the clothes he described The name Nakad is never a first name in Lebanon because it means nagging kind of but it is a common druze Family name so maybe it was used on purpose The same goes for the name of the Shiite Imam the name sounds Arabic but it's not I also noted some mistakes here and there the tour name misspelled a period missing etc which is a shame for such a prestigious publishing houseLet me know what you think of the reviewShare your comments and have a great day


  2. says:

    My last book of 2018 I had to read this for school and to be honest if I didn't have to I wouldn't have finished it The book is okay but the writing was a miss for me I kept forgetting I was reading and had to repeat paragraphs because of it So yeah I would have given this 2 stars because I frankly did not enjoy it at all maybe just a little in the middle but that's it However I think for people completely unfamiliar with the Lebanese civil war this could be interesting So I'll say 3 stars


  3. says:

    Chalandon was a war reporter at the time of the massacres in Sabra and Chatila and he has explained in interviews that he had to exorcize those memories through fiction Since a journalist is not allowed to take sides or even display normal human emotion when confronted with sheer horror he had to revisit those events through his fictional double Georges who like him is a French man with a wife and small daughter The difference is that Georges gets wrecked by the atrocities he has witnessed and eventually goes back to let himself be killed in Beyrouth I was afraid this best seller might be caricatural or sensationalistic but found there was nothing exploitative in Chalandon's graphic descriptions of war and carnage Georges is carefully described as a radical left wing product of the 1970s full of idealism but with a very violent streak By the time his friend and mentor Samuel Akounis a Greek Jew whose family perished in the Holocaust entrusts him with the mission to put on a production of Anouilh's Antigone in Beyrouth Georges has calmed down for the sake of his wife and daughter but his body and psyche are still scarred from his many fights with right wing extremists on the streets of Paris While ostensibly he undertakes to fulfill Sam's wishes because his friend is dying of cancer Georges is the wrong man for the job because of his past as a militant with clear cut opinions and a proclivity to to physical violence The book is well constructed and the hatred between the various minorities in Lebanon is palpable on the page


  4. says:

    A beautiful book about the promise and the limits of the arts in this case theater to break down walls of conflict between different nationspeoples So many interesting uestions are posed such as whether theater can transcend time and place the political insignificance of art what is reality what is the basis of our individual identities especially in the context of war and conflict political activism and art


  5. says:

    Great book very well written probably a new favorite Just keep in mind that the narrator is very biased so don’t judge anyone


  6. says:

    In order to fulfil his Greek Jewish friend's deathbed wish a leftist Frenchman goes to war torn Lebanon hoping to perform Antigone with a multiconfessional group of actors Instead he loses his mind and his life This is an interesting read especially with the war going on in Syria I am partly Syrian and have been living in France for a while now so I had to read this especially after a friend recommended it When I read the summary I was afraid of yet another orientalist work It is not or at least it tries not to be Although the Arabic used in the novel is not always accurate it is tolerable unless you are the Sibawayh or Al Mutannabi of Levantine dialects Most importantly the novel has the merit of reminding us how devastating war can be and that having a Nation a State and living in peace is a privilege some westerners often overlook andor smother under very harsh criticism while in the same time taking advantage from all its benefits This may not be the major point the author wanted to make but it is what struck me the most L'antinationalisme? C'est le luxe de l'homme ui a une nation


  7. says:

    Le uatrieme Mur was a gripping story from start to finish and one with plenty of action and emotion I'm too young to have much knowledge of this war but it certainly sounds like it was a harrowing time and the idea of presenting a piece of theatre in the midst of it with actors drawn from all sides of the conflict seems mad I really felt for George as he tried to come to terms with what was happening and I was always eager to read on to see if things would work out You'll have to read the book yourself to find out if they do I did come across words I didn't know but I was always able to work them out from the context and didn't refer to my dictionary once so it was excellent practice for my French too Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be an English translation of this work so you'll only be able to enjoy it if you can read French or one of the other languages into which it has been translated


  8. says:

    Honestly it was a bit slow at the beginning but the pretty uickly the book becomes a thrilling story with a very interesting insight about the duality around art and death and war above all that destroys everything Further you learn a lot about the political situation of Lebanon and its history


  9. says:

    This is not a book for the faint of heart It is an indictment for all those who still believe in violence as a solution I had to stop reading a few times the violence was too much for me but I still think it was needed to make the point


  10. says:

    A masterpiece Unfortunately not translated to English or Turkish yet But if you can read in French or German go for it


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Le uatrième Mur

Me l'a fait promettre à moi petit théâtreux de patronnage Et je lui ai dit oui Je suis allé à Beyrouth le 10 février 1982 main tendue à la paix Avant ue la guerre ne m'offre brutalement la sienne » This is not a book for the faint of heart It is an indictment for all those who still believe in violence as a solution I had to stop reading a few times the violence was too much for me but I still think it was needed to make the point

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« L'idée de Sam était belle et folle monter l'Antigone de Jean Anouilh à Beyrouth Voler deux heures à la guerre en prélevant dans chaue camp un fils ou une fille pour en faire des acteurs Puis rassem have wanted to read this book since the salon du livre francophone de Beyrouth took place I had many magical encounters during this year's salon du livre the most marking one being that with Sorj Chalandon when interviewed about this book his latest The plot instantly struck me with its ingenuity During the Lebanese civil war Sam a Jewish Greek revolutionary and theater lover living in France decides to mount the play Antigone by Anouilh in the heart of tormented Beirut And if that wasn't challenging enough for him he wanted the actors to be from the different confessions that are at war The idea seems crazy but he sees in it a hope to unite the Lebanese people that are literally killing each other To have the shooting cease for one or two hours is Sam's life dream Unfortunately he falls ill and finds himself unable to leave the hospital bed so he entrusts the mission to his friend GeorgesThe book naturally was a success and was awarded both the prix Goncourt le choix de l'Orient and the prix Goncourt le choix des lycéens Altogether everything made me want to read the book but I didn't buy it for it was too expensive for me Chit chatting with my friends I mentioned both the salon du livre and Le uatrième mur Few months later my generous friend Mohammad surprised me with the book for my birthday So this review is for himTo start the title itself is extremely beautiful and successfully incorporated in the story at least twice The first time the author explains that the uatrième mur is an imaginary wall that the actors draw between them and the audience to stay in the play The second time is at the very end of the book and I can't spoil it for you but I can only say Bravo I also thought of the title when they chose to mount the play in a bombarded theater that looked like a roman open air hippodrome because it has only 3 walls leftThe style of writing was very peculiar and consisted mostly of short sentences some were really short mimicking to a great extent the way Sorj Chalandon naturally speaks in real life It wasn't what I look for usually in books but it was very amusing What I loved in the book was that the author chose to mount Antigone by Anouilh not that of Sophocles for several reasonsThe first and least important is that it would be complicated to mount a play that includes Gods in a country killing for religionSecond the author and Sam think that Antigone of Anouilh is revolutionary and that Antigone of Sophocles is just fulfilling male indicted willsAnd last but not least the fact that Antigone of Anouilh was mounted during Nazi occupation of Paris with the guards wearing Gestapo like clothes How did the Nazis accept? Well they were happy because Antigone dies thinking that the resistance dies and that they win so it's only normal for the guards who kill Antigone the winning team to be Nazis Then why did the French accept? Because they thought that the resistance triumphed through Antigone's death which lead to the death of the king's son and his wife's suicide leaving him alone with his guards waiting a death that was not far all his glory was destroyed when he faced the resistanceNow the fun part was how Sorj Chaldandon casted a Chirstian a Palestinian girl a Druze and a couple of Shiites and other Lebanese minorities to play Antigone her fiancé the king the guards and other characters Can you guess which confession was playing which character? It was also very interesting to learn how each confession interpreted Antigone I have always thought of Antigone the way the Phalangist character in the play did meaning that her death could have bee

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Bler ces ennemis sur une scène de fortune entre cour détruite et jardin saccagé Samuel était grec Juif aussi Mon frère en uelue sorte Un jour il m'a demandé de participer à cette trêve poétiue Il In order to fulfil his Greek Jewish friend's deathbed wish a leftist Frenchman goes to war torn Lebanon hoping to perform Antigone with a multiconfessional group of actors Instead he loses his mind and his life This is an interesting read especially with the war going on in Syria I am partly Syrian and have been living in France for a while now so I had to read this especially after a friend recommended it When I read the summary I was afraid of yet another orientalist work It is not or at least it tries not to be Although the Arabic used in the novel is not always accurate it is tolerable unless you are the Sibawayh or Al Mutannabi of Levantine dialects Most importantly the novel has the merit of reminding us how devastating war can be and that having a Nation a State and living in peace is a privilege some westerners often overlook andor smother under very harsh criticism while in the same time taking advantage from all its benefits This may not be the major point the author wanted to make but it is what struck me the most L'antinationalisme? C'est le luxe de l'homme ui a une nation


About the Author: Sorj Chalandon

Sorj Chalandon est un journaliste et écrivain françaisSorj Chalandon is a French journalist and writer.