- Zazie in the Metro
infobox Book |
name = Zazie in the Metro
title_orig = Zazie dans le métro
language = French
release_date = 1959
media_type = Print (Hardback &
isbn = ISBN 2-07-052813-8
"Zazie in the Metro" — or simply "Zazie", depending on the translation (original French title: "Zazie dans le métro") — a French novel written in 1959, was the first major success of author
Raymond Queneau. "Zazie" explores colloquial language as opposed to 'standard' written French, a distinction that is particularly marked in French, where correct language usage is governed by an official academy. The first word of the book, the neologism"Doukipudonktan" is a phonetic transcription of "D'où qu'il pue donc tant ?" ("How come he stinks so much?"). In the English version of the novel, this is rendered as "Holifart watastink". In the movie version the English subtitle reads "Whozit who stinks?"
Provincial pre-teenager Zazie stays in
Pariswith her Uncle Gabriel (a female impersonator) for two days, while her mother spends some time with her lover. Zazie manages to evade her uncle's custody, however, and, métro strike notwithstanding, sets out to explore the city on her own.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
In 1960 the book was adapted by
Louis Malleinto a film of the same name, starring Catherine Demongeotas Zazie and Philippe Noiretas Gabriel. In the film, Zazie is younger than in the book (where her mother is worried about Zazie's virginity). The book was also adapted for theatreand published as a comic bookas well.
* ISBN 0-14-218004-1 (Penguin paperback, translated by Barbara Wright)
* ISBN 2-07-052813-8 (Éditions Gallimard Jeunesse, Paris 1999)
* [http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/queneaur/zazie.htm The Complete Review]
* [http://www.enotes.com/salem-lit/zazie-metro-9230000354 Enotes]
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