Mon frère Yves

Pierre Loti
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Louis Marie Julien Viaud dit Pierre Loti, né le 14 janvier 1850 à Rochefort et mort le 10 juin 1923 à Hendaye, est un écrivain et officier de marine français.
Pierre Loti, dont une grande partie de l'œuvre est d'inspiration autobiographique, s'est nourri de ses voyages pour écrire ses romans, par exemple à Tahiti pour Le Mariage de Loti (Rarahu) (1882), au Sénégal pour Le Roman d'un spahi (1881) ou au Japon pour Madame Chrysanthème (1887). Il a gardé toute sa vie une attirance très forte pour la Turquie, où le fascinait la place de la sensualité : il l'illustre notamment dans Aziyadé (1879), et sa suite Fantôme d’Orient (1892).
Pierre Loti a également exploité l'exotisme régional dans certaines de ses œuvres les plus connues, comme celui de la Bretagne dans le roman Mon frère Yves (1883) ou Pêcheur d'Islande (1886), et du Pays basque dans Ramuntcho (1897).
Membre de l'Académie française, il est enterré sur l'île d'Oléron à Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron dans le jardin de la maison de son enfance après des funérailles nationales. Sa maison à Rochefort est devenue un musée.
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Pierre Loti
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Mar 6, 2016
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An Iceland Fisherman is a novel by French author Pierre Loti. It depicts the romantic but inevitably sad life of Breton fishermen who sail each summer season to the stormy Iceland cod grounds. Literary critic Edmund Gosse characterized it as "the most popular and finest of all his writings."

Loti's style is a combination of the French realist school, such as Émile Zola, and a form of literary impressionism. As Jules Cambon says, Loti wrote at a "..time when M. Zola and his school stood at the head of the literary movement. There breathed forth from Loti's writings an all-penetrating fragrance of poesy , which liberated French literary ideals from the heavy and oppressive yoke of the Naturalistic school."Loti uses a simple vocabulary, "but these words, as used by him, take on a value we did not know they possessed; they awaken sensations that linger deeply within us." The characters are humble and simple working-class people, the incidents are normal every day affairs, dealing with the themes of love and separation.

Loti's greatest strength is in the depictions of nature, placing it center stage, as Cambon says:

    He writes with extreme simplicity, and is not averse to the use of vague and indefinite expressions. And yet the wealth and precision of Gautier's and Hugo's language fail to endow their landscapes with the striking charm and intense life which are to be found in those of Loti. I can find no other reason for this than that which I have suggested above: the landscape, in Hugo's and in Gautier's scenes, is a background and nothing more; while Loti makes it the predominating figure of his drama. Our sensibilities are necessarily aroused before this apparition of Nature, blind, inaccessible, and all-powerful as the Fates of old.
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