Jean Ricardou and Claude Simon in Cerisy, France.
Photo courtesy of Philippe Binant Archives
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The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans.Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of Simon's 1962 novel, "The Palace," set during the Spanish Civil War, to 19 French publishers.Volle refused to say whom he had sent the extract to, but a number of major French publishers also rejected "The Georgics" four years before it helped Simon win the Nobel."The Palace" was one of Simon's most controversial works, seen by many critics as a thinly veiled attack on George Orwell, the British author of "Animal Farm" and "Homage to Catalonia," who like Simon had fought on the Republican side of the Spanish civil war in the 1930s.
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