Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sherds Podcast on Boris Vian's "Red Grass" (TamTam Books)


#3 Red Grass by Boris Vian

In this episode, we look at Boris Vian's Red Grass (1950), a surrealist science fiction novel in which the main character, Wolf, creates a machine that allows him to erase his own memories.  Perhaps a critique or satire of existentialism, perhaps a veiled song of mourning for post-war France, Red Grass is a somewhat obscure novel that really got us thinking.
Over the course of our discussion, we consider Vian's playful complexity, his parodies of psychoanalytical and existentialist thought, and the possible significance of Red Grass in terms of French collective memory in the wake of the Second World War. 
This episode features readings by Kinga Stanczuk




http://www.holdfastnetwork.com/sherdspodcast/12/11/2017/3-red-grass-by-boris-vian
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