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Mausoleum of Lovers
Journals 1976–1991
Hervé Guibert; Nathanaël, trans.




Nightboat
2014 • 512 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Literary Collections

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-22-9



The long-awaited English-language translation of Hervé Guibert’s arresting journals

The Mausoleum of Lovers comprises Guibert’s journals, kept from 1976–1991. Functioning as an atelier, it forecasts the writing of a novel, which does not materialize as such; the journal itself — a mausoleum of lovers — comes to take its place. The sensual exigencies and untempered forms of address in this epistolary work, often compared to Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse, use the letter and the photograph in a work that hovers between forms, in anticipation of its own disintegration.



HERVÉ GUIBERT (1955–1991) was a French writer and photographer. A critic for Le Monde, he was the author of some thirty books, most notably To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, which presents an intimate portrait of Michel Foucault and played a significant role in changing public attitudes in France towards AIDS. NATHANAËL is the author of a score of books written in English or French, including Sisyphus, Outdone. Her translations include books by Édouard Glissant and Danielle Collobert, among others. Nathanaël lives in Chicago.



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