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.