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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 roman faux

The roman faux

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(p.191) Chapter Eight The roman faux
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Hervé Guibert: Voices of the Self
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313271.009

This chapter examines À l'ami qui ne m'a pas sauvé la vie (1990). Upon its release the book was mired in controversy, with the press pointing an accusatory finger at Guibert and his publisher because it was thought that some of the book's characters were obviously based on real people, in particular Michel Foucault under the guise of ‘Muzil’. The chapter attempts to separate the reception of À l'ami from its content, analysing it from the viewpoint of the voices of the self as a roman faux in the tradition of Guibert's other works.

Keywords:   Hervé Guibert, À l'ami qui ne m'a pas sauvé la vie, self, roman faux

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