Jean Echenoz, the wise magician, has done it again, looked deep into the ” Throughout Courir, the question of performance is constantly at. With Olivier Barrot, Jean Echenoz. Episode aired 3 November · Previous · All Episodes () · Next · Jean Echenoz: Courir Poster · Add a Plot». Jean Echenoz, Writer: Le rose et le blanc. Jean Echenoz was born on December 26, in Orange, Vaucluse, France. He is a Jean Echenoz: Courir ().

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Jean Echenoz: Courir

Running by Jean Echenoz. Please note that these ratings solely ecgenoz the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, ecehnoz fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. The complete review ‘s Review:. Running is the second in a series of novels by Echenoz closely based on fact: He’s been out of school for several years, but hasn’t latched onto anything yet.


He gets a place at the Bata works, a major shoe producer and exporter, in what amounts to a work-study program. There’s no indication of any athletic prowess or promise — in fact: Of course, eventually he has to participate in a running race, and does quite well — despite an unorthodox style. As the trainer at a local club puts it: As he simply puts it: Part of what fascinates Echenoz is Zatopek’s strange style: The shadow of politics is unavoidable, beginning with the Nazi occupation and then carrying through to the post-war government and then the tightening chokehold of Stalinism.

Running – Jean Echenoz

The athlete can stay above it to some extent, but not entirely, especially as he often travels abroad; eventually he too gets caught up in the events of and their aftermath. He goes ecyenoz far as to regret his facility for languages: Echenoz is fascinated by the public figure who exhibits a certain kind of genius, in Zatopek’s case that of being a superlative athlete.


Running is ecenoz agreeable character-study, a portrait of a running-artist, an everyman who is anything but yet is happy to resign himself to whatever life offers.

While the short novel itself can seem somewhat unambitious, it is perhaps best seen as part of a larger project by Echenoz, variations on a theme of how men handle their own brilliance.

Written with supreme confidence and ease, Running offers yet another fascinating and unusual portrait. Orthofer18 May Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.