Autoportrait by Edouard Leve, Edouard Lev, Aedouard Levae, Edouard Lev?

By Edouard Leve, Edouard Lev, Aedouard Levae, Edouard Lev?

In this magnificent and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Lev? hides not anything from his readers, starting off his complete lifestyles, roughly at random, in a string of declarative sentences. "Autoportrait" is a actual, mental, sexual, political, and philosophical triumph. past "sincerity," Lev? works towards an objectivity so radical it can move for crudeness, triviality, even banality: the writer has stripped himself naked. With the strength of a collection of maxims or morals, Lev?'s prose turns out at the beginning to be an autobiography with no sentiment, as if written through a machine--until, in the course of the accumulation of aspect, and the author's dry, quizzical tone, we discover ourselves disarmed, enthralled, and enraptured by means of not anything under the proper fiction... made completely of proof

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My favorite months are September and April, September for the resumption of social activity, April for the arrival of spring and the progressive denudification of women. I am not an expert in anything. I have subjects of conversation besides myself. I form very few hard and fast judgments about politics, the economy, and international affairs. I do not like bananas. International news, even dramatic news, leaves me pretty much indifferent, I feel guilty about that. I do not remember the first time I saw a character die in a movie or a book, but I remember the first time I saw a dead man, more precisely, I saw a man’s leg sticking out of the trunk of a black car on the boulevard Berthier, I remember this detail: he was missing a shoe, and his sock was purple.

One of my uncles died of AIDS soon after the art gallery in which he’d invested all his money went out of business. One of my uncles met the love of his life while driving his red convertible slowly through the streets of Paris, the man in question, a Hungarian immigrant, was in despair, wandering aimlessly and about to kill himself, my uncle pulled up next to him and asked where he was headed, they never parted until death came between them. My uncle’s friend taught me to laugh at things I saw on TV that were not, on the face of it, funny, for example Bobby Ewing’s hairstyle on Dallas.

I have no memories of being hurt by women, only by men. When she is bored, one of my friends gets dressed and made up as if she were going out, and doesn’t. When he is in a foreign country, one of my friends follows nice-looking strangers in the street to find a party. I say everything. I have never made much money, but this hasn’t bothered me. I own my apartment. I may prefer one of my parents to the other, but I would rather not think about it. I can do without music, art, architecture, dance, theater, movies, I have trouble doing without photography, I cannot do without literature.

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