A Wedding in December: A Novel by Anita Shreve

By Anita Shreve

At an resort within the Berkshire Mountains, seven former schoolmates assemble to have fun a wedding--a reunion that turns into the party of magnificent revelations because the associates jointly remember a long-ago evening that indelibly marked each one in their lives. Written with the fluent narrative artistry that distinguishes all of Anita Shreve's bestselling novels, a marriage in December acutely probes the mysteries of the human center and the unending attract of paths no longer taken.

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C’était une étape intermédiaire, car sa recherche spirituelle a continué, en aboutissant en 1977 à la décision de devenir orthodoxes. Père Placide et ses compagnons furent reçus dans l’Eglise orthodoxe le 19 juin 1977, au Mont Athos et en février 1978, ils sont devenus moines du monastère athonite de Simonos Petra. Rentré en France peu de temps après, père Placide a fondé le monastère d’hommes Saint-Antoine-Le-Grand dans le Vercors, dont il devient l’higoumène, ainsi que le monastère de soeurs La Protection de la Mère de Dieu, dans le Gard, métochia français de Simonos Petra, avec toute la pratique religieuse exprimée en langue française, selon le typikon de la Sainte Montagne.

Impius, de pius « pieux » 1¨ Vieilli ou littér. Qui n'a pas de religion; qui offense la religion; irréligieux. à Qui marque le mépris de la religion, ou des croyances qu'elle enseigne. Action impie. Paroles impies ; blasphématoire. « Je ne demande pas le martyre […] un tel vœu serait impie » (Duhamel). 2¨ N. (1636) Athée, incroyant. « des impies, qui vivent dans l'indifférence de la religion » (Pascal). — Personne qui insulte à la religion, aux choses sacrées ; blasphémateur, 2. sacrilège. « Je suis incroyant, je ne serai jamais un impie » (André Gide).

Selon, son propre aveu, les écarts par rapport à la version française, ce que l’auteur appelle « licences », sont insignifiants. Malgré cet aveu, en comparant phrase par phrase les deux versions, française et roumaine, on peut se rendre compte que la dernière est légèrement plus longue à cause de quelques adjonctions pratiquées par endroits par l’auteur (« mici completari cu înţeles în limba noastră »/« de petits ajouts pleins de sens en notre langue ») et qui concernent, le plus souvent, les descriptions et les scènes.

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