Les Météores ou le Mythe Gémellaire revisité
The twins’ myth, whose origins go back to times immemorial, has always been a popular motif for fiction. It generally reflects the idea of “duality”, alienation and the search for Self and for the Other, which always end in an impasse. Self and for the Other, which always end in an impasse. With his novel Les Météores, portraying the twins Paul and Jean, Michel Tournier breaks away from this idea of “duality” and substitutes it with the idea of a “couple” through a mythic, metaphysical and symbolic approach whose outcome is sublimation. Initiation in a work of fiction by means of myths and symbols leads to something whose ethical dimension is realized by joining together difference and fraternity and by holding to the difference. It endeavours to carry out the transmutation of metaphysics in the work of fiction and the change from profane to sacred, from myth to the imaginary and to poetry.
Published online: 07 April 2008