1997 – The Squaring

(Under the name of Lorette Nobécourt)
The Squaring, Grasset/Les Inrockuptibles, 1997
Les Mille et une nuits, 2001

This is the first and last time that I shall use this tone, because I won’t be able to afford it again. I have known, at less than thirty years old, what some may not have known all their lives through: the party is over. I’m standing barefoot on the tiled floor and I’m going to catch a cold, but I can’t stay silent any longe. Tonight I won’t be a carp, it’s over. Tonight, I’m staging myself as an absolutely subjective “I”, that is to say as related to the subject defined as a thinking Being, although I know very well that we are the stuff with which society dresses its models.”
 For a long time, I knew that one day I would have to return to this “Squaring” which in 1996  has literally “saved” my life. Paroxysmally haunted by suicide that summer, I can assert that writing this text has kept me breathing for months.
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The writer walks forward through the “dark general disorder, fathoms the dark depths of the body and attempts the impossible, self-grasping oneself. Most rarely has existence been so fiercely questioned. Lorette Nobécourt brings us fulgurant visions back from this journey to the end of life.

Traduction de Narjisse Moumna