from Guy Debord

To Malcolm Imrie
13 April 1990
Dear Malcolm Imrie:

I am happy that the "blurb" suits you.[1] The mystery of the quotation about Rome is thus solved.[2] One currently believes that Racine, by writing Mithridates, wanted to compete with Corneille. You see that he succeeded.

Thank you for the photocopy of the American catalogue. The reality is simple, although quite incredible: Editions Lebovici/Champ Libre has always refused to accord any rights to the insolent gangsters at Zone, who have always seemed decided to ignore all refusals, and I think that they will be prevented by all means.[3]

Cordially yours,
Guy Debord

[1] Translator's note: See letter to Imrie dated 23 February 1990.

[2] No, because -- contrary to the translator's note -- the citation isn't in Mithridates (see letter to Imrie dated 23 February 1990).

[3] Translator's note: the Zone Books editions of The Society of the Spectacle would come out in March 1994, claiming to be officially approved.

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 7: Janvier 1988-Novembre 1994 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2008. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! December 2008. Footnotes by the publisher, except where noted.)

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