Guy Debord (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives)

By Andy Merrifield

Although famous for his founding of the avant-garde Situationist overseas stream and his well-known political and cultural activism, man Debord used to be still a shockingly elusive and enigmatic determine, spending his final years in an remoted farmhouse in Champot, France. Andy Merrifield's Guy Debord pushes again the farmhouse shutters and opens a window onto Debord's lifestyles, thought, and art.

Merrifield explores the dynamics of Debord's principles and works, together with the groundbreaking Howls for Sade and his 1967 vintage, The Society of the Spectacle. Debord understood lifestyles as artwork, Merrifield argues, and during that lens he chronicles Debord's stint as a innovative chief within the Fifties and Sixties, his time in Spain and Italy throughout the Seventies and the reclusive years top as much as his demise in 1994.

Dada and Surrealism's legacy and punk rock's god, man Debord spun theories on democracy, humans, and political energy that also resonate at the present time, making Merrifield's concise but entire examine a useful source on one of many most popular highbrow revolutionaries of the 20th century.

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Seventy three. 22 Author’s interview with Alice Debord, Champot, 23 July 2003. It used to be actually Alice who brought Debord to the writings of George Borrow. 23 George Borrow, Lavengro: the coed, the Gypsy, the Priest (London, 1925), pp. 102–3. 24 Alice Becker-Ho, Les Princes du Jargon (Paris, 1994), p. sixteen. 25 Ibid. , p. forty. 26 L’Essence du Jargon, p. forty-one. 27 Debord, Considérations, pp. 79–80. 28 man Debord, Des contrats (Cognac, 1995), p. fifty four. Emphasis in unique. 29 Ibid. , p. fifty four. five i'm really not someone Who Corrects Himself 1 Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Murders within the Rue Morgue’, in chosen Writings of Edgar Allan Poe (Boston, MA, 1956), p. a hundred and fifty five. 2 Gérard Lebovici, Tout sur le personnage (Paris, 1984), p. forty six. three man Debord, Considérations sur l’assassinat de Gérard Lebovici (Paris, 1985), p. 10. four Ibid. , p. eleven. This quotation is absolutely Debord’s détournement of a line from Pascal’s Pensées. five Ibid. , pp. seventy four. 6 Ibid. , p. forty two. 7 Ibid. , p. ninety two. eight Lebovici’s homicide was once, actually, the second one dying that truly shook Debord. the 1st used to be Asger Jorn’s, who had died of lung melanoma a decade prior. within the spring of 1973, Jorn, from a Jutland clinic, had written to the Debords at their rue Saint-Jacques tackle, advising them of his terminal ailment. yet they have been already sojourning in Florence, and with out a mobile. Debord learnt of his friend’s dying on 1 may possibly 1973 from an obituary in Le Monde. after they again to Paris a number of weeks later, Jorn’s final unanswered letter was once found amid the pile of expecting mail. nine Chateaubriand, Mémoires d’Outre-Tombe (Paris, 1966), p. 232. 10 man Debord, Panegyric, vol. I, trans. James Brook (London, 1991), p. forty six; Panégyrique, vol. I (Paris, 1993), p. fifty three. eleven Pierre Mac Orlan, Domaine de l’ombre (Paris, 2000), p. 161. 12 Pierre Mac Orlan, Petit manuel du parfait aventurier (Paris, 1998), p. 22. thirteen Ibid. , pp. 28–9. 14 Ibid. , p. fifty seven. 15 Pierre Mac Orlan, l. a. Vénus internationale (Paris, 1923), pp. 236–7. sixteen man Debord, reviews at the Society of the Spectacle, trans. Malcolm Imrie (London, 1990), p. five. The emphasis is in Debord’s unique French textual content, Commentaires sur ‘La Société du Spectacle’ (Paris, 1992), p. 17. 17 Debord, ‘Avertissement pour los angeles troisème édition Française’, in l. a. Société du Spectacle (Paris, 1992), p. 7. Debord’s unique phrases are: ‘Je ne suis pas quelqu’un qui se corrige. ’ 18 Ibid. , p. 10 (emphasis within the original). 19 Ibid. 20 Debord, reviews, p. nine. 21 Ibid. , p. 10. 22 Ibid. , pp. 12–23. 23 Ibid. , p. sixteen (emphasis in original). 24 Ibid. , p. 24. 25 Ibid. , p. sixty seven (emphasis in original). 26 Debord, Panegyric, vol. I, p. sixty six; Panégyrique, vol. I, p. seventy three. 27 Debord, Panegyric, vol. I, pp. 67–68; Panégyrique, vol. I, p. seventy five. 28 man Debord, Cette mauvaise réputation (Paris, 1993), p. 14. 29 Ibid. , p. 50. 30 man Debord, Des contrats (Cognac, 1995), p. sixty five. 31 those passages were assembled in an attractive little assortment referred to as Eloge de l’ivresse (‘In compliment of Drunkenness’), ed. Sébastien Lapaque and Jérôme Leroy (Paris, 2000), within which Debord stocks house with the likes of Rabelais, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Edgar Allan Poe and Omar Khayyám.

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