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Synonyms of raconteur in English:


  • 1 an interviewer with his favorite raconteur, Studs Terkel
    storyteller, teller of tales, spinner of yarns, narrator
    rare anecdotist, anecdotalist
  • Reflections


    There is no greater compliment than to be referred to as a raconteur. The art of being a raconteur is different than other chroniclers of the past. Unlike a historian or journalist who is bound to facts and evidence, the raconteur instead is a master artist who concentrates on the aesthetics of the story and the emotions it evokes in the listener. To hear a raconteur tell a story is like listening to a virtuoso musician skillfully playing with tempo and dynamics. He or she knows when to hold back details that do not add to the story and how to exaggerate the ones that do. Yet the raconteur never hopes to deceive the audience. Rather he or she has a tacit understanding with the listener that a poetic license is allowed, provided that any embellishment will never depart so far from the truth as to become fiction. This is why some historians, journalists, and novelists who are brilliant orators in the lecture hall can also be terrible raconteurs at a dinner party. Their stories are too literal, too bound to the facts, and filled with too much detail. But the worst enemy for a raconteur is the sidekick who assumes the role of fact checker and constantly interrupts a good story with corrections. “No, there were only three policemen there, and they were from Essex County not Nassau County. No, you were eating strawberry ice cream, not vanilla remember? No it wasn’t that hot. More like 80 degrees, not 100 degrees.”
    Suleiman Osman
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