Un Autre possible du même livre

Elisabeth Philippe, “L’Eternel retour,” Les Inrockuptibles 963 (14-20 May 2014): 86

Sans doute Duras comprend-elle d’autant mieux cette constante réappropriation de son oeuvre qu’elle-même n’a jamais cessé de la retravailler, multipliant les versions d’un même texte, expérimentant chaque fois “un autre possible du même livre” (Ecrire), au point d’être accusée de s’autopasticher.

The Infinitely Possible

Roland Barthes, “Ecrire,” Oeuvres complètes, ed. Eric Marty, 5 vols. (Paris: Seuil, 2002), 4:422–423. Originally published as the preface to Roger Druet and Herman Grégoire, La civilisation de l’écriture (1976)

Even as I reflect on what I should write (as is happening at this very moment), I feel my hand move, turn, connect, dive, rise, and often enough, as I make my corrections, erase or even obliterate a line. This field expands until it reaches the margins, thus creating, out of seemingly functional and minuscule traces (letters), a space which is quite simply that of art. I am an artist, not because I represent an object, but more fundamentally, because, as I write, my body shudders [jouit] with the pleasure of marking itself, inscribing itself, rhythmically, on the virgin surface (virginity being the infinitely possible).