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Suicide (French Literature Series) Paperback – 2011
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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. The narrator describes his friend as a solitary, taciturn character who smoked American cigarettes, studied economics, played the drums in rock bands, and kept largely to himself. Subtle, troubling details begin to emerge: feeling increasingly "ill adapted to the world," the friend stops traveling and obsesses over his own death, designing his own tomb and growing despondent, seized by a kind of resignation. In the end, having left the house with his wife to attend a tennis date, he returns by himself, heads to the basement, and blows his head off. Why did he do it? the author wonders. Leve's slender narrative possesses a near-clinical precision of detail, which functions as both a funeral oration and the chilling foretelling of his own death. (Apr.)
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Suicide is not a fictionalized account of Levé’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 Levé himself reportedly did. Levé’s art and life nonetheless converge, fuse, and end brutally together. Ironically, Suicide represents a new departure for Levé: his previous books could be considered conceptual conceits, whereas Suicide is something else, a purely literary work. At the end of his life, Levé had by no means exhausted his art. (Hugo Wilcken - The Berlin Review of Books )
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It is not a standard book, there are no chapters and it has a flowing narrative. I would recommend to my most literate friends and all those I know who have walked the path of the narrator.
I think reading the afterword before reading the text proper would ground the reader a lot in what's going on. Suicide was submitted just 10 days before Leve committed suicide himself, and as such, the book is tentatively read as a kind of literary suicide note in itself (though the book can be read without this context as well).
The book essentially picks a bunch of little pockets of the main character's life, which pockets are interspersed with how the main character's death makes the narrator feel a more special connection to the main character. The book doesn't have a plot in the conventional sense, nor does it reach any kind of conclusion, nor do its characters really develop in any really big way (of course, the only character the reader can really follow is the main character, the one who committed suicide). It's for this reason that I give the book a mediocre score. Because this is very much one of those books that is meant to be artsy, that's meant to break boundaries or be interpreted. It can be read without looking for artistic qualities, but taking the book at face value makes it thin and unsatisfying.
The text proper clocks in at around 120 pp., plus a 10 pp. afterword, so it's not like you'll be spending too much time on this one (as opposed to Life: A User's Manual). If you're interested in French lit, or you like these kinds of narratives, I'd say to rent it from the library. If you're looking for something with more development, I'd say to look elsewhere.
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