L'Acacia by Claude Simon

By Claude Simon

« En refermant L'Acacia, le lecteur a l. a. sensation d'avoir personnellement chevauché dans les clairières de l'Est en 1940, les yeux brûlés d'insomnie ; d'avoir reçu une balle en 1914 au coin d'un bois, tel un parfait poilu de L'Illustration ; mais aussi d'avoir servi aux Colonies avant 14 ; d'avoir hanté les villes d'eaux de los angeles Belle Époque ; d'avoir ouvert un télégramme avec des sanglots de veuve dans los angeles gorge ; d'avoir visionné des bribes d'"Actualités" d'avant l'autre guerre, sépia, tressautantes et muettes ; d'avoir remué ces réminiscences dans un claque miteux ; d'avoir senti monter l. a. folie des deux dernières guerres du fond des trains à bestiaux de toute l'Europe ; et de chercher à couler tout cela dans le présent immédiat de l'écriture, devant une branche d'acacia vert cru... » (Bertrand Poirot-Delpech, Le Monde)

L'Acacia est paru en 1989.

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When you refuse the destructive force of the link that ties life and death together, resistance can be taken completely into being, without any possible outside. chorus: My resistance is absolute freedom. It does not arise from horizons of value that range beyond what freedom is possible, it negates all the processes of liberation because it is already free and it knows it, and this is what makes it strong. My martyrdom, I want to come back to it like an old sock and transform it into a direct testimony of freedom.

Man: The resister constructs a new world from below. By his mere existence he threatens the cynicism of the bourgeoisie, monetary alienation, the expropriation of life, the exploitation of labor, the colonization of the affects. Here indignation finds its new insurrection. The resister’s poverty is his wealth. Take up your body once again! Discover the common life, make generosity into a hammer for driving the nail of virtue into truth. chorus: The chorus’s behavior has oscillated between sarcasm and benevolence.

You’re right, we’ve gone mad. man: chorus: Resistance constructs worlds of madness . . Bizarre lunatics that the psych ward excites and separates: sublime witnesses of reality, embracing truth, capable of opening poverty to desire and teaching desire to act. man: The resister constructs a new world from below. By his mere existence he threatens the cynicism of the bourgeoisie, monetary alienation, the expropriation of life, the exploitation of labor, the colonization of the affects. Here indignation finds its new insurrection.

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