Suicide by Edouard Levé
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Edouard Levé delivered the manuscript for his final book, Suicide, just a few days before he took his own life. Suicide is not, then, 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 -- Levé 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 Levé's beautiful, casually obsessive, pointillist ruminations, we come to know a stoic, sensible, thoughtful man who bears more than a slight resemblance to the author himself. Suicide is a near-exhaustive catalog of the ramifications of the act for which it was named, and a unique and melancholy farewell to life.


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Edouard Levé was born on January 1, 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. A writer, photographer, and visual artist, Levé was the author of four books of writing-Oeuvres, Journal, Autoportrait, and Suicide-and three books of photographs. Suicide, published in 2008, was his final book. Lorin Stein is former senior editor at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux where he worked closely with many notable authors. He has also worked on translations of Roberto Bolaño, as well as personally translating the fiction of Grégoire Bouillier. He is the editor of the Paris Review.
Published June 5, 2014 by Dalkey Archive Press. 104 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The suicide of a childhood friend—addressed here as "you"—elicits a reflective and dignified expression of wondering and grief in this last work by artist and writer Levé (1965–2007), who finished this novel 10 days before killing himself.

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