Ramuz Charles Ferdinand – The Great Fear in the Mountain
Ramuz Charles Ferdinand – The Great Fear in the Mountain: Are the pastures of the plateau overlooking Sasseneire cursed? In this small village in the Swiss Alps, good grass is abandoned. What happened twenty years ago? The ancients speak of it with terror as a great misfortune. No one, after all this time, does not know what has really been this story of animal disease whose details are lost. The youth sweeps the old fears and decides that these pastures must again be useful to the beasts of the village. A new expedition to the alp is decided with a small group of men: The Master, his nephew Barthelemy, the only “survivor of the previous expedition” and who thinks himself safe with his little magic paper, Romain, Julien, a young lover, and finally Clou. The disapproval of the old will change nothing and their warnings will remain a dead letter. Life is organized at the Alpine chalet planted in the middle of a decoration that C. F. Ramuz describes with talent. With him, the mountain becomes a character in its own right, it comes alive with its grandeur and power that dominates men. The mountain has its secrets and its mysteries that makes us feel very small and at the mercy of the elements. Little by little fear weaves his web into the group. Is there really a curse attached to this land? Were the elders right? Nature will leave no respite to the men present up there, nor the sickness. A slow descent into the underworld personal and collective. Is nature stronger than men who can only listen to it and remain humble? 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. In 1903 he published Le petit village, a collection of poems. 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. He founded Cahiers Vaudois with Edmond Gilliard and Paul Budry. 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. The post-war years are marked by financial difficulties. In 1924, Ramuz signed a contract at the publisher Grasset. It is between 1926 and 1937 that great novels appear such as The great fear in the mountains (1925-26), The beauty on the earth (1927), Farinet (1932), Derborence (1934), The Savoyard boy (1936) If the sun did not return (1937). The Schiller Grand Prix was awarded in 1936. When his friend and publisher Lausanne-Henry Mermod proposed the publication of his complete works in 1940-41, Ramuz reads and corrects all his texts. He died in 1947 in Pully near Lausanne.