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Title: Brittany beyond postcards. Assembling lines in a factory.
Contributor(s): Gosetti, Valentina  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2021-06
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Few books immediately suspend time; few need no warm-up and almost demand to be read, reread, underlined. Stephanie Smee’s rendition of Joseph Ponthus’s multi-award-winning first solo book, On the Line: Notes from a factory, is one such read. It is the autobiographical story of an intellectual with a career in social work in the suburbs of Paris, who, having moved to Brittany for love, can’t find a job in his field and is forced to sell his labour as a casual worker in the local food-processing industry. Here we couldn’t be further from postcard Brittany, whose wild nature, hazy skies, mysterious language, and inhabitants inspired a Romantic generation of poets in search of an exotic fix without the hassle of leaving the Hexagon.

Publication Type: Review
Grant Details: ARC/DE200101206
Source of Publication: Australian Book Review (432), p. 37-37
Publisher: Australian Book Review Inc
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0155-2864
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 470516 Literature in French
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 130203 Literature
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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