One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Handke's "Slow Homecoming" and Balzac

From Part II: The Lesson of Mont Sainte-Victoire:

I sat near them, reading Balzac's story "The Unknown Masterpiece," about Frenhofer, the unsuccessful painter, with whose longing for a perfect and therefore real picture Cezanne identified himself, and discovered that French culture had become the home I had always longed for.

Of course this sent me running to read Balzac's story (I have a ton of Balzac on Kindle but have yet to read anything but this story).  A short and ok story which not only Cezanne but apparently Picasso identified with
(see http://web.org.uk/picasso/balzac.html).
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