Suicide (French Literature Series) by Edouard Levé

By Edouard Levé

Edouard Levé brought the manuscript for his ultimate ebook, Suicide, quite a few days prior to he took his personal lifestyles. Suicide isn't, then, easily "another" novel--it is, in a feeling, the author's personal indirect, public suicide be aware, a special meditation in this such a lot severe of refusals. featuring itself as an research into the suicide of a detailed friend--perhaps genuine, might be fictional--Levé offers us, bit by bit, a notable portrait of a guy, with all his abilities and flaws, who selected to reject his lifestyles and the entire those who enjoyed him in want of oblivion. steadily, via Levé's attractive, casually obsessive, pointillist ruminations, we come to understand a stoic, good, considerate guy who bears greater than a moderate resemblance to the writer himself. Suicide is a near-exhaustive catalog of the ramifications of the act for which it was once named, and a different and depression farewell to existence.

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In the NY hotel rm (they turn up again in Angst)—what good’s writing? ’’ Forgotten underlined three times, as if forgotten by three forgettings. To which add today the forgetting that followed upon these notes, interrupted for the time being by the finding of the ................. 16582$ $CH3 10-11-07 15:26:56 PS PAGE 35 post-it. Is this the fourth forgetting? How many forgettings does it take to forget, then to forget, then to forget about the forgetting? I remember the forgotten roses very well, backs straight him sprawled on the couch in room 91 them erect upright legs bunched together in the hotel vase saying we’ve been waiting for you red long-stemmed, showy, stout, vigorous roses, in the room I don’t see them as they are but for what they meant.

It was only many years later I noticed the Detail that gives us access to ‘‘The Metamorphosis’’ (‘‘Die Verwandlung’’) though it is perfectly obvious in the entryway where it vegetates and stinks, the eternal cadaver posted as a warning to the reader. But as it doesn’t call out or moan or squeak the avid visitor sweeps indifferently past the prophetic vignette and throws himself into the front room from which he doesn’t emerge alive. If only you’d read the warning Nothing wouldn’t have happened.

I wept. I should have taken out the lens. 27 the eye-patch ................. 16582$ $CH2 10-11-07 15:26:55 PS PAGE 27 * * * This whole story turns on an eye, now one of the eyes of one character, now one of the eyes of the other. This comment is totally extraneous to the story’s events. It belongs to the Tale. To the Tale, that is, version 2000. Before this date a thin sheet of soundproof glass slipped itself between the story’s events and the Tale. So long as I wore a contact lens (that is, one lens) I couldn’t tell.

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