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"Suicide" cannot be read as simply another novel it is, in a sense, the author s own oblique, public suicide note, a unique meditation on this most extreme of refusals. Presenting itself as an investigation into the suicide of a close friend perhaps real, perhaps fictional more than twenty years earlier, Leve gives us, little by little, a striking portrait of a man, with all his talents and flaws, who chose to reject his life, and all the people who loved him, in favor of oblivion. Gradually, through Leve s casually obsessive, pointillist, beautiful ruminations, we come to know a stoic, sensible, thoughtful man who bears more than a slight psychological resemblance to Leve himself. But Suicide is more than just a compendium of memories of an old friend; it is a near-exhaustive catalog of the ramifications and effects of the act of suicide, and a unique and melancholy farewell to life."show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 124.46 x 172.72 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Dalkey Archive Press
  • Normal, IL, United States
  • English
  • Available Again ed.
  • 1564786285
  • 9781564786289
  • 66,612

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""Suicide" is not a fictionalized account of Lev?'s death; in some respects it is a negative image of it.... Lev?'s art and life nonetheless converge, fuse, and end brutally together. Ironically, "Suicide" represents a new departure for Lev?: his previous books could be considered conceptual conceits, whereas "Suicide" is something else, a purely literary work. At the end of his life, Lev? had by no means exhausted his art. --Hugo Wilcken, The Berlin Review of Booksshow more

About Edouard Leve

Edouard Lev? was born on January 1, 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. A writer, photographer, and visual artist, Lev? was the author of four books of writing--"Works," "Journal," "Autoportrait," and "Suicide"--and three books of photographs. "Suicide," published in 2008, was his final more

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