The Expelled/The Calmative/the End with First Love: WITH The Calmative, AND The End, AND First Love

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These four stories or 'nouvelles' date from 1945, though all were published much later, in French and subsequently in English. All make use of a first-person narrator, and relish its vagaries - the inability to remember facts, the uncertainty as to why he is speaking in the first place, the loss of heart when explanations seem called for...Above all, the stories crisply plot the narrator's plotless descent into vagrancy, the steeper as it approaches "The End". Out of these short works and their patient procedures grew the ...