Guy Bedos' Autobiography

Mémoires d’Outre Mère – a play on Mémoires d’outre mer by Chateaubriand – is actually an autobiography of guy Bedos’ magrebin roots.

“Je n’ai pas rêvé. J’ai bien vu ma mère frapper mon père avec un marteau. Je dois avoir entre deux et trois ans. Mon père est infirme. Quand il met la main dans sa poche, ça ne se voit pas.”

Bedos

Guy Bedos

Guy Bedos' Autobiography

Mémoires d’Outre Mère – a play on Mémoires d’outre mer by Chateaubriand – is actually an autobiography of guy Bedos’ magrebin roots.

“Je n’ai pas rêvé. J’ai bien vu ma mère frapper mon père avec un marteau. Je dois avoir entre deux et trois ans. Mon père est infirme. Quand il met la main dans sa poche, ça ne se voit pas.”

Bedos

Guy Bedos

Roland Barthes Par Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes by himself. Hmm. First published in 1975, this is an odd work. A certain dislocating anxiety pervades the book when I read it for the first time at the University of Illinois. Or was it Stanford? I forget. Hard to read straight through as it’s so reflexive, self-referencial, etc. Self-aggrandizing? Definitely. In any case, it was destined to be part of the Ëcrivains de toujours series published in France, the “écrivain x par lui-même”where a post-humous (and fictive) autobiography is cobbled together through quotes by the author himself. One of the first in this series was Michelet par lui-même.

oops.. I linked.

Roland Barthes sans peine by accident. Let me fix that ASAP.

R. BARTHES, Roland Barthes par Roland Barthes, Seuil, Paris, 1975.

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L'âge d'homme, Michel Leiris' Autobiographical masterpiece

This is my first edition of L’âge d’homme by Michel Leiris. This book had a profound impact on my conception of how autobiography might be written. Leiris writes as if the danger is so close to his truth, that he risks death like the matador. It’s a grandiose notion of truth and authenticity. However it’s a powerful narrative of his early years.

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L'âge d'homme, Michel Leiris' Autobiographical masterpiece

This is my first edition of L’âge d’homme by Michel Leiris. This book had a profound impact on my conception of how autobiography might be written. Leiris writes as if the danger is so close to his truth, that he risks death like the matador. It’s a grandiose notion of truth and authenticity. However it’s a powerful narrative of his early years.

I recently published an updated scan.

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