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Edward Said, the Novel

Edward Said, the Novel H. ARAM VEESER Dominique Eddé, a journalist who contributes to Le Monde and other venues, has also written novels and published a book of interviews with a psychoanalyst. Her book that I am reviewing here, Edward Said: His Thought As a Novel; fi rst published as Edward Said: Le roman de sa pensée, 2017), compellingly novelizes her own life’s intersections with life of the renowned literary-cultural public intellectual, Edward Said. Most interesting as a limit- case of supercharged relationships between acolyte and mentor, this book can be read as a less-than-usually-repressed account of the way one electrify- ing person can irrevocably change another person’s career, perceptions, and life itself. Eddé has already written one novel (Kite, 2003) that presents her relationship with Said in roman à clef style. She also has patterned much of her reading and pursuit of musical interests along lines suggested by Said’s own preferences. She opens with the tantalizing vow: “There are many reasons why my attempts to write a book about him [Said] have failed in the last ten years. I do not want to betray us by offering up things that belong to us alone” (7). But she also promises to reveal “the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke uni_neb

Edward Said, the Novel

symploke , Volume 28 (1) – Nov 24, 2020

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H. ARAM VEESER Dominique Eddé, a journalist who contributes to Le Monde and other venues, has also written novels and published a book of interviews with a psychoanalyst. Her book that I am reviewing here, Edward Said: His Thought As a Novel; fi rst published as Edward Said: Le roman de sa pensée, 2017), compellingly novelizes her own life’s intersections with life of the renowned literary-cultural public intellectual, Edward Said. Most interesting as a limit- case of supercharged relationships between acolyte and mentor, this book can be read as a less-than-usually-repressed account of the way one electrify- ing person can irrevocably change another person’s career, perceptions, and life itself. Eddé has already written one novel (Kite, 2003) that presents her relationship with Said in roman à clef style. She also has patterned much of her reading and pursuit of musical interests along lines suggested by Said’s own preferences. She opens with the tantalizing vow: “There are many reasons why my attempts to write a book about him [Said] have failed in the last ten years. I do not want to betray us by offering up things that belong to us alone” (7). But she also promises to reveal “the

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