Abstract

Abstract:

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio’s critics have analyzed his spirituality in frameworks drawn from Mircea Eliade and Rudolph Otto. Karl Jaspers’ idea of “the Comprehensive” is a better fit. Le Clézio grounds an ethic of compassion in his spirituality. Contrary to the views of some critics, this ethic can be lived by people from nations that have controlled colonial empires. Étoile errante shows how such an ethic of compassion might even bridge the gap between Israelis and Palestinians. These characterizations apply to many of the novels, though not to all, as demonstrated by Ritournelle de la Faim.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2056-5666
Print ISSN
0148-3331
Pages
pp. 567-586
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-04
Open Access
No
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