Although she is mostly known as the wife and big love of the poet Aragon, Elsa Triolet is actually a wonderful writer. Elsa Triolet is a Russian-French writer (1896-1970). In 1928 she married the French writer Louis Aragon. They married and stayed together for 42 years. In 1944 Triolet was the first woman to be awarded the Prix Goncourt.
Her most powerful and accomplished works are two novels, Mille regrets (1942) and Le Cheval blanc (1943), and the collection of short stories which won the 1945 Prix Goncourt, Le Premier Accroc coûte deux cents francs (1945). Her post-war fiction was essentially Socialist Realist, but retained an  element of fantasy and often returned to the preoccupation with the role  of women in the Resistance.


She narrates the story of a young man Michel in her novel “Le Cheval Blanc (White Horse)”. Michel Vigaud is a free-spirited man who always feels alone in a hypocrite society surrounding him. Michel lives a life that is envied by other men but rarely cares about all the glamour but it is rather interesting that he is unaware of his effect on the people around him and his talent for music. Since he loses his mother very early, the loneliness reaches him at his early ages. He is perhaps the only real character among all the fake people. He has different relationships with all the women in his life, especially with the city of Paris. Paris has a great role in this novel and Elsa Triolet depicts the life in Paris before the WW2 very well with her great observations and a beatiful language. 
For all his life, Michel dreams of leaving everything with a white horse and becoming a hero. His dream becomes more meaningful in the World War 2. That ending and that letter will be unforgettable for readers. Michel Vigaud has become one of my favorite literary characters and I am glad to have met this wonderful author.

Although she is mostly known as the wife and big love of the poet Aragon, Elsa Triolet is actually a wonderful writer. Elsa Triolet is a Russian-French writer (1896-1970). In 1928 she married the French writer Louis Aragon. They married and stayed together for 42 years. In 1944 Triolet was the first woman to be awarded the Prix Goncourt.

Her most powerful and accomplished works are two novels, Mille regrets (1942) and Le Cheval blanc (1943), and the collection of short stories which won the 1945 Prix Goncourt, Le Premier Accroc coûte deux cents francs (1945). Her post-war fiction was essentially Socialist Realist, but retained an element of fantasy and often returned to the preoccupation with the role of women in the Resistance.

She narrates the story of a young man Michel in her novel “Le Cheval Blanc (White Horse)”. Michel Vigaud is a free-spirited man who always feels alone in a hypocrite society surrounding him. Michel lives a life that is envied by other men but rarely cares about all the glamour but it is rather interesting that he is unaware of his effect on the people around him and his talent for music. Since he loses his mother very early, the loneliness reaches him at his early ages. He is perhaps the only real character among all the fake people. He has different relationships with all the women in his life, especially with the city of Paris. Paris has a great role in this novel and Elsa Triolet depicts the life in Paris before the WW2 very well with her great observations and a beatiful language. 

For all his life, Michel dreams of leaving everything with a white horse and becoming a hero. His dream becomes more meaningful in the World War 2. That ending and that letter will be unforgettable for readers. Michel Vigaud has become one of my favorite literary characters and I am glad to have met this wonderful author.

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