Literary Nonfiction. Drama. A deft book of aphorisms by an important French philosopher and writer. Philosopher-playwright Alain Jugnon's a body, in spite introduces this prolific French author to an English-speaking readership. The aphorisms that comprise this slight philosophy for actors are an inventoried body with and without its defenses. With incisive humor, Jugnon casts his intellect into the many-organed world, to draw from its semantic recesses a sort of divine putrescence. This work, written for the stage, and received as a presage, reads like an autobiography of Nietzsche's last laugh. This bilingual edition features an afterword by the translator.
"This book should be engaged by scholars willing to think about religion in and as theater, as well as philosophically inclined students of religion longing to play and think alongside Nietzsche and Artaud, with their delirious philosophizing and atheological rants. Jugnon's book represents a path—a wildly deliquescing path—for engaging the theater as a site of religious spectacle in a world forever reeling from the death of God."—Jeremy Biles, Wiley Online Library
Nathanaël is the author of a score of books written in English or in French, including SISYPHUS, OUTDONE.; Theatres of the Catastrophal (2012); the notebooks, Carnet de désaccords (2009), Carnet de délibérations (2011), Carnet de somme (2012); and the essay of correspondence, Absence Where As (Claude Cahun and the Unopened Book) (2009), first published in French as L'absence au lieu (2007). Her work has been translated into Basque, Greek, Slovene, and Spanish (Mexico), with book-length publications in Bulgarian and Portuguese (Brazil). The recipient of the Prix Alain-Grandbois for ...s'arrête? Je (2008), Nathanaël's translations include works by Alain Jugnon, Édouard Glissant, Catherine Mavrikakis, and Hilda Hilst (the latter in collaboration with Rachel Gontijo Araujo). Nathanaël's translation of MURDER by Danielle Collobert was a finalist for a Best Translated Book Award in 2014. Her translation of THE MAUSOLEUM OF LOVERS by Hervé Guibert has been recognized by fellowships from the PEN American Center and the Centre National du Livre de France. Nathanaël lives in Chicago.Author City: Chicago, IL USA
Alain Jugnon has written for the theatre and has published essays and articles on Nietzsche, Artaud, and Bataille. He is the editor of Cahiers Artaud and the political and poetic journal La contre attaque. Author City: FRA