Michel Tournier
Gallimard, Paris, 2007; originally published 1967, French
ISBN: 9782070369591

 Winner of the 1967 Grand Prix du Roman (Académie Française), Vendredi is a retelling of the story of Robinson Crusoe. Tournier's version of Crusoe attempts to recreate civilization on a tropical island, and comes close to succeeding, before a character named Friday appears and teaches Crusoe that there are better things than his so-called 'civilization.' 

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Christian Lacroix

See my comment on Le rivage des Syrtes.

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