To Write as if Already Dead
June 14, 2021 - 7 p.m. (Paris)
Kate Briggs in conversation with Kate ZambrenoIntroduction by Brunhilde Biebuyck
Join author Kate Zambreno and translator Kate Briggs for a conversation around Zambreno's recent book To Write as If Already Dead.
The book focuses on Kate Zambreno’s failed attempts to write a study of Hervé Guibert’s To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life. In this diaristic, transgressive work, the first in a cycle written in the years preceding his death, Guibert documents with speed and intensity his diagnosis and disintegration from AIDS and elegizes a character based on Michel Foucault.
The first half of the book is a novella in the mode of a detective story, searching after the mysterious disappearance of an online friendship after an intense dialogue on anonymity, names, language, and connection. The second half, a notebook documenting the doubled history of two bodies amid another historical plague, continues the meditation on friendship, solitude, time, mortality, precarity, art, and literature.
Co-sponsored by The Writing Program at Columbia School of the Arts and The American Library in Paris.