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Hervé Guibert: Voices of the Self$
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Jean Pierre Boulé

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238614

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313271

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The Fictitious, the Fake or the Delirious

The Fictitious, the Fake or the Delirious

(p.235) Chapter Ten The Fictitious, the Fake or the Delirious
Hervé Guibert: Voices of the Self
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines three books which reflect Guibert's continued commitment to project the voices of the self in his work; thus their themes are that of the body and death. These books are Mon valet et moi (1991), L'Homme au chapeau rouge (1992), and Le Paradis. It is shown that Guibert tries to tear himself away from his illness and seek refuge in writing. But it is not ‘le divertissement’ (in the Pascalian sense of ‘spiritual nonchalance’) that Guibert is after: by means of subterfuge (the fictitious, the fake, or the delirious), he still manages to put his self down on paper and ‘écrire jusqu'au bout’ (‘write to the bitter end’).

Keywords:   Hervé Guibert, Mon valet et moi, L'Homme au chapeau rouge, Le Paradis, self, body, death

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