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Scratches (La Règle du jeu)

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Translation of 'Biffures' (1948)

Volume 1 of 'La Règle du jeu' (1948-76)

In this volume, the celebrated French writer examines his inventory of memories, explores the language of his childhood, weaves anecdotes from his private life with his old and recent ideas. In the end, he so mercilessly scrutinizes what was familiar that its familiarity drops away and it blossoms into
Paperback, 269 pages
Published March 31st 1997 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1948)
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if you are curious about the autobiographical writings of leiris, i recommend starting here and not with "manhood"; although "manhood" is an interesting work, i think it is a bit spoiled by too much of leiris' pessimistic self-scrutiny, a dark energy that is present in "scratches" but that is here put to use in new ways-- in dismantling the ludic trumpet-drum of speech and in glimpsing scraps of the tacit rules that govern language and memory, under which free association is never exactly free--
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