Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Political Novelist Admits Plagiarism

Joseph Macé-Scaron has admitted to plagiarizing parts of his much-praised novel, Ticket d'entrée, from an American work by Bill Bryson. Macé-Scaron's work is of political interest because it is un roman à clef that purports to reveal political pressures on the world of journalism, which the author knows from the inside as the former editor of Le Figaro magazine among other publications. He was forced out of his job at the magazine when a new owner took over. A similar story is recounted in the novel, which I had just begun to read when the plagiarism story broke. The book also offers a tour of the Parisian homosexual community. It's hard to see what an American writer would have had to offer to either of these themes, but the author has confessed.

5 comments:

Steve Braverman said...

This is very curious. Others have been recently accused of plagiarizing the works of Bill Bryson.According to the Guardian, Daniel Bristow-Bovey, a South African journalist, was accused of stealing from Bryson's Notes from a Big Country. http://kd2.org/r/3g I guess I have to start reading Bryson.

Steve Braverman said...

I erred in saying "recently". The plagiarism occured in 2003. I guess stealing from Bryson is quite the rage.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand what he could have stolen; the setting, the "roman a clef", the fact the author is a real journalist who knows the Parisian homosexual community well - all of this indeed seems to indicate the book is his. And Bryson, unless I'm mistaken, writes funny travelogues and cool recaps about "nearly everything", non-fiction in any case. This is very puzzling indeed.
Was Macé Scaron on a dare or high when he confessed??

Anonymous said...

Ah Mais Non! He doesn't admit to "plagiarism", only to "intertextuality" with quoted parts where the original author is indicated.
http://www.lexpress.fr/culture/livre/ticket-d-entree-mace-scaron-rejette-le-terme-de-plagiat_1023172.html

Myos

Anonymous said...

Ah Mais Non! He doesn't admit to "plagiarism", only to "intertextuality" with quotations and the original author clearly indicated.
http://www.lexpress.fr/culture/livre/ticket-d-entree-mace-scaron-rejette-le-terme-de-plagiat_1023172.html

Myos