The Seine At Noon


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The Seine At Noon
Haunted by the death during the First World War of his parents, immigrant jews from Kerala, Stefan lives out his day in Paris selling curios in his shop. A chance encounter brings him in contact with Jacques, a Frenchman, son of a rich mother but eking out a living on his boat on the Seine, fashioning miniature boats out of wood, basking in the Metro: in essence, unemployed. The friendship between the Frenchman and the immigrant is the real axis of the story, and the river is its witness. Both men know the intensity of love and longing for a woman, whether their women are constantly by their side or not. Stefan's passion for his wife Esther is all-consuming and eternal, but though she reciprocates in her fashion, he cannot prevent her escaping from him when she chooses. Jacques's wife Tatiana has left him to paint on the sidewalks of Montmatre, ever in search of a union with her muse, Dali. Jacques professes not to care, but she remains for him the one women he continues to seek. Jacques and Tatiana's daughter, Bianca, gentle and timid, loves each of her dysfunctional parents with equal intensity. She carves a space for herself in the narrative, keeping alive the innocence and vitality of youth. After Esther's death, Stefan, Jacques and Bianca go on a journey to Kerala, to the ancestral house that Esther has bequeathed to Bianca. There, Stefan meets a sudden and horrifying end - an event that sends Bianca eventually to another country, America, and Jacques back to Paris, the only city that he could ever call home, even in the absence of all whom he called family.
About the Author
Susan Visvanathan is Professor of Sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. From 1983 till 1997, she was Lecturer in Sociology, Hindu College, University of Delhi. She was a fellow of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, from 1989 to 1991; honorary fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, from 1990 to 1995; Charles Wallace fellow to Queen's University, Belfast, in 1997; and visiting professor to Maison des Sciences de L'Hommes, Paris, in 2004. She is the author of the Christians of Kerala, A Ethnography of Mysticism, Structure and Transformation and Friendships, Inferiority and Mysticism. Her works of fiction include Something Barely Remembered, The Visiting Moon and Phosphorous and Stone.
TitleThe Seine At Noon
Author NameSusan Visvanathan
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2007
Total No. of Pages133
Weight0.38 KGS
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