Suicide cannot be read as simply another novelit is, in a sense, the author's own oblique, public suicide note, a unique meditation on this most extreme of refusals. Presenting itself as an investigation into the suicide of a close friendperhaps real, perhaps fictionalmore than twenty years earlier, Levé gives us, little by little, a striking portrait of a man, with all his talents and flaws, who chose to reject his life, and all the people who loved him, in favor of oblivion. Gradually, through Levé's casually obsessive, pointillist, beautiful ruminations, we come to know a stoic, sensible, thoughtful man who bears more than a slight psychological resemblance to Levé himself. But Suicide is more than just a compendium of memories of an old friend; it is a near-exhaustive catalog of the ramifications and effects of the act of suicide, and a unique and melancholy farewell to life.
|Publisher:||Dalkey Archive Press|
|Series:||French Literature Series|
|Edition description:||Available Again ed.|
|Product dimensions:||4.84(w) x 6.98(h) x 0.33(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Edouard Levé was born on January 1, 1965, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. A writer, photographer, and visual artist, Levé was the author of four books of writing―Works, Newspaper, Autoportrait, and Suicide―and three books of photographs. Suicide, published in 2008, was his final book.
Jan Steyn is a South African translator from French and Afrikaans to English. He holds a degree in Comparative Literature from Emory University, and his translations include Suicide and Works by Edouard Levé.
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