Mondo & Other Stories

Mondo & Other Stories

By Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio; Alison Anderson (Translator)

University of Nebraska Press, Hardcover, 9780803229990, 236pp.

Publication Date: May 2011

In awarding him the Nobel Prize in 2008, the Swedish Academy hailed J. M. G. Le Clezio as an author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of humanity beyond and below the reigning civilisation. The outlying humanity that Le Clezio explores in this collection of stories finds its expression in the understanding of children. The world of "Mondo and Other Stories" is that of a natural world pushed to the margins by complacent, indifferent modernity.
Haunting and beautiful, these stories speak to a universal longing for a life beyond the confines and trappings of modern existence. In each tale it is a child who can see and appreciate these places filled with wonder and knowledge. Mondo is a little boy whose connection to the beauty in everything unites a seaside town. Little Cross perturbs the order of things with her question: What is "blue"? Daniel flees his stifling school and absent parents for the sea. All these children, like the wise billy goat in the collection's final story, understand so many things, not the things you find in books that men like to talk about but silent, strong things, things full of beauty and mystery. And in the end, so do we.

About the Author
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clzio, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born to Mauritian parents in 1940, in Nice. At age eight the family moved to Nigeria, and on the long voyage Le Clzio began his authorial career with two short novels and a prospectus of forthcoming titles. Returning to Nice at age ten, he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree from Institut d'tudes Littraires and a Doctorate from the University of Aix-en-Provence. Le Clzio is the author of more than thirty adult and children's titles, including his breakthrough 1980 novel, The Desert, and The Prospector.

Alison Anderson lived in Greece, France, England, and Switzerland before moving to San Francisco, where she now works as a writer and translator. She is the author of "Hidden Latitudes "(1996), a novel of Amelia Earhart based on Anderson's yearlong sailing trip on a 30-foot ketch, which was nominated for the" San Francisco Chronicle"'s Best Book of the Year and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award.

Praise For Mondo & Other Stories

"Le Clezio's style is the collection's greatest attraction. Anderson's elegant translation conveys the detailed, physical, fluid, and complex lushness of the language, which may engage and satisfy readers of García Márquez and other master stylists."—Ellen Loughran, Booklist
-Ellen Loughran

"In Le Clezio's fictional universe, the world exists in a prelapsarian state of timeless grace, at least until the inevitably corrupt and destructive world of adults comes crashing in."—Michael Lindgren, Washington Post
-Michael Lindgren