Saturday, November 25, 2006

Barnes on Zola's Thérèse Raquin

Julian Barnes. "Blood and Nerves." The Guardian, 25 November 2006.

From the article:

"Zola, as if deliberately marking the difference between genres, takes his three-act novel and turns it into a four-act play. The essential action and the central characters are retained, but he is clear-sighted to the point of ruthlessness -- a rare quality in writers adapting their own stuff -- about what won't work in the theatre."

Thérèse Raquin is at the National Theatre, London SE1, until February 21.
Box office: 020-7452 3000


At 13 December, 2006 12:53, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Mr.Barnes.We are the russian students.In this term we are reading and analysing your book "A history of the world...".It's very interesting.But we have two questions: why did you organize chapters in that consecution and why is it 10 1/2 chapters?Could you be so kind to answer these questions?


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