By Edouard Levé
During this significant and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Levé hides not anything from his readers, starting up his complete existence, kind of at random, in a string of declarative sentences. Autoportrait is a actual, mental, sexual, political, and philosophical triumph. past "sincerity," Levé works towards an objectivity so radical it could possibly go for crudeness, triviality, even banality: the writer has stripped himself naked. With the strength of a collection of maxims or morals, Levé's prose turns out at the beginning to be an autobiography with out sentiment, as if written by way of a desktop -- till, during the accumulation of element, and the author's dry, quizzical tone, we discover ourselves disarmed, enthralled, and enraptured via not anything below the fitting fiction... made solely of proof.
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Autoportrait by Edouard Levé