Ramuz Charles Ferdinand – Passage of the poet
Ramuz Charles Ferdinand – Passage of the poet: Besson the basket maker, arrives in spring in a village of the vineyard of Lavaux, above Lake Geneva. He comes to work there for a season. On his way, we meet different characters – winemaker, gravedigger, fisherman. Everyone is caught in his little worries. Besson, with its quiet tranquility, integrates without integrating, it is the others who change their eyes on their daily lives. At the end of the summer, a winemakers’ party brings everyone together, and Besson leaves, in the silence of the night. A poetic and captivating story, which Ramuz said was one of his favorites. “A poet has come, we have not recognized him and we do not know who he is. He is simply a man, a man among men, a man like other men. ” Charles Ferdinand Ramuz was born in 1878 in Lausanne, Switzerland, of trading parents. After studying literature in Lausanne, he left for Paris, where he stayed regularly until 1914, while participating in the literary life of the French-speaking world. His first novel, Aline (1905), is a success. Then, until 1911, novels centered on a character (including Life of Samuel Belet, Aimé Pache, Waldensian painter, persecuted Jean-Luc). In 1914, he returned to live permanently in Switzerland. With War in the Highlands (1915), The Reign of the Evil Spirit (1917), The Cure of Illness (1917), he renounced the explanatory novel to describe communities struggling with the forces of evil, the war , the end of the world. He develops a new language closer to spoken language – to the chagrin of purists – abandoning linear narrative and introducing the “on” as the expression of a community. He died in 1947 in Pully, near Lausanne.