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Unfurling (Kirsty Gunn)

Par Kirsty Gunn
Publié par Clifford Armion le 13/06/2014

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Chaque année, les invités des Assises Internationales du Roman rédigent la définition d'un mot de leur choix : il s'agit ici du mot "unfurling", défini par l'auteure néo-zélandaise Kirsty Gunn.

“Unfurling” is to me the very action of writing and reading. To be unfurling a story as though unfurling a length of satin cloth from a roll, seeing the spill and run of silk spread out and along, there and there and there…The length of cloth like a slip of river, like a sea…. That is writing, that is reading. A sense of abandon, richness, a running on, running into…The text spinning into beautiful lengths and expanses and all of this as though uncontrolled, as though inevitable…

And this bolt of satin… It sits restrained and tidy on the shelves amongst the other fabrics. It doesn’t show its patina and weave, its extravagant surface and colour… It is contained, waiting, in the fabric halls of an old fashioned department store, I think, the kind of store with wood and gilt trimmed windows, with flat soft carpets…The kind of store that has large mahogany measuring tables to take the cloth, the darkness of the wood all the better to unfurl the length along…

Waiting for the moment of its unfurling.

Unfurling stories…

Unfurling words.


Pour citer cette ressource :

Kirsty Gunn, "Unfurling (Kirsty Gunn)", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2014. Consulté le 30/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/litterature/entretiens-et-textes-inedits/unfurling-kirsty-gunn-