Literary Nonfiction. LGBT Studies. Translated from the French by Nathanaël. 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.
Wayne Koestenbaum @ Bookforum
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.: THEATRES OF THE CATASTROPHAL (Nightboat Books, 2012). Her translations include books by Édouard Glissant and Danielle Collobert, among others. Nathanaël lives in Chicago. Author City: USA