Why I Love Barthes
- Publish Date: 2011-10-10
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Alain Robbe-Grillet
The literary friendship between Alain Robbe-Grillet and Roland Barthes lasted 25 years. Everything attests to their deep and mutual intellectual esteem: their private correspondence, their published texts, their conversations - notably in the famous dialogue which gives its name to this work. Robbe-Grillet freely said he had very few true friends but, next to the publisher Jrme Lindon, he always cited the name of Roland Barthes. In 1980, he wrote his own I love, I dont love, published here for the first time, thinking about his friend. In 1985, he predicted: It is his work as a writer which will remain. Ten years later, in 1995, he imagined him as an impatient, blithe novelist, merrily rewriting - euphorically, with inexhaustible happiness - The Sorrows of Young Werther.
This small collection of conversations and short texts by Robbe-Grillet is like the deferred echo of those that Roland Barthes dedicated to him in his Critical Essays in 1964. It offers fresh insight into the development of Robbe-Grillets own work as well as that of Barthes, and is a unique testimony to one of the most important literary friendships of our time.