Friday, April 2, 2010

Guy Debord, "National Treasure"

Guy Debord, whom the French authorities would probably have liked to get rid of while he was alive, has now been deemed a "national treasure." His papers will not go to Yale, which wanted them, but will remain in France, at a price of some 2 to 3 million euros. Life is full of ironies. If you're too young to remember the Situationists, know simply that "bliss was it in that dawn to be alive."


satchmo said...

Very good news, bravo les gens à la BN.

This does indeed constitute a minor irony of history (and relatively soon after his death; it hasn't even been 20 years).

I suspect, though, that all of the ironies in this connection would be more extreme if this material had ended up at the Beinecke! At least la patrie can be reconnaissante, in this outcome, as opposed to having his papers wind up in the clutches up a private institution whose social history was not exactly blissful in that dawn, so to speak.

satchmo said...

Got to admit, though: hearing Debord's name and the phrase "trésor national" in the same sentence makes me laugh.