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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.
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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 130 x 178 x 13mm | 136g
  • Normal, IL, United States
  • English
  • Available Again ed.
  • 1564786285
  • 9781564786289
  • 100,852

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Suicide is not a fictionalized account of Leve's death; in some respects it is a negative image of it. 'You didn't leave any letters for loved ones to explain your death,' he writes, although Leve himself reportedly did. Leve's art and life nonetheless converge, fuse, and end brutally together. Ironically,Suicide represents a new departure for Leve: his previous books could be considered conceptual conceits, whereas Suicide is something else, a purely literary work. At the end of his life, Leve had by no means exhausted his art. -- Hugo Wilcken * The Berlin Review of Books *
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About Edouard Leve

Edouard Leve was born on January 1, 1965, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. A writer, photographer, and visual artist, Leve was the author of four books of writing Works, Newspaper, Autoportrait, and Suicide and three books of photographs. Suicide, published in 2008, was his final book. Jan Steyn is a South African translator from French and Afrikaans to English. He holds a degree in Comparative Literature from Emory University, and his translations include Suicide and Works by Edouard Leve.
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