Martereau

French Literature Series
Nathalie Sarraute
Translated by Maria Jolas

Martereau is narrated by a tubercular young man driven by a compulsion to discover what lies behind facades, especially in relation to the adults around him. He’s particularly interested in Martereau, his uncle’s devoted friend and business associate. All in all, Martereau seems like a trustworthy, benign, self-sufficient man, but under the narrator’s intense scrutiny—and Martereau’s suspect behavior concerning a shady real-estate deal—his motives seem much more complex and seedy.

In a subtle, skillful way, Nathalie Sarraute explores the difference between those who are wealthy and those who pretend to be so, and the manipulative way in which some people get ahead in the world.

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Translated by Maria Jolas
Publication: French Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 250
ISBN-13: 9781564783486
GTIN13: 9781564783486
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Language: eng
List price: $12.95