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To print or not to print

Modifié le : 2019/08/04

A read­er of the moment gleaned from a closed Inter­net net­work, tells me he real­ly likes Les Années-rebours. He bor­rowed it from the library. He would have liked to have bought it, in real life, in this paper that is begin­ning to fail us, among writers.

As he is not fond of elec­tron­ics, this read­er does not want, and can­not buy an ePub copy. I no longer have copies of this book. I don’t even have a per­son­al copy of L’Ef­fet Casimir… How­ev­er, there are now ser­vices, such as Print­Book­ba­by, that would allow me to obtain one hun­dred copies for eight hun­dred dol­lars. It is a small invest­ment, indeed, which would bring me prac­ti­cal­ly noth­ing, but which risks noth­ing has noth­ing ? And the idea here is not to make mon­ey, but to keep a book alive.

On the one hand, there is this tran­si­tion­al world where lit­er­a­ture no longer knows which sup­port to rest. On the oth­er hand, this real­i­ty forces us to make very per­son­al and some­times illog­i­cal choic­es. I have a lot of expens­es right now because I’m ren­o­vat­ing my apart­ment. How­ev­er, I am tempt­ed to sat­is­fy this read­er, who tells me he wants to say to friends about it.

I don’t know if I insist too much. I will be told to for­get these texts, which are now rel­e­gat­ed to the Greek cal­en­dars of the archives, and to con­tin­ue writ­ing in the present. But those who say this do not write or are too suc­cess­ful in dis­tract­ing them­selves with the past. Hav­ing re-read them, I know that these texts are beau­ti­ful, that they still have a stun­ning effect on me and that they are appreciated.

Ah ! this major pro­cras­ti­na­tion of a minor writer…

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