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Voyage en Orient


Le thème de l'Orient obsède Flaubert depuis sa jeunesse. On le trouve dès ses premières œuvres. C'est gréce à son ami Maxime Du Camp qu'il fait le grand voyage de sa vie (1849-1851). Rien de commun avec les voyages d'aujourd'hui : la croisière sur le Nil dure quatre mois et demi. Après six mois de préparatifs, les deux amis se rendent en Égypte, en Syrie-Palestine, et reviennent par la Grèce et l'Italie.

Flaubert affirme «regarder sans songer à aucun livre», parce que, «quand on voit les choses dans un but, on ne voit qu'un côté des choses». Et pourtant, ce texte est un bel exemple de l'art de voir et de l'art d'écrire de Flaubert. Il ne cesse de penser à la peinture, à la couleur, au rendu de l'impression. Et il est lui-même un des éléments pittoresques de ses tableaux, bon vivant, jouisseur, ne se prenant pas au sérieux, mélancolique aussi, amer parfois.

Format: Paperback
Published: in France in 2006
Publisher: Gallimard
Pages: 752
Language: French
ISBN 13: 9782070338948
ISBN 10: 2070338940

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Voyage en Orient