from Guy Debord

To Floriana Lebovici
13 May 1989
Dear Floriana:

I have found -- very happy surprise -- Clausewitz accompanied by the admirable Alfieri.[1] Thank you very much.

X[2] has come upon a glimmer of reason. Thus he will be spared from a quite imminent thunderbolt, due to addressing to me hateful excuses in which he audaciously pled that the error wasn't in his clumsy use of insinuations, but in my incompetent reading. This incompetence was established by a psychological postulate: I was so hasty to finally discover myself to be an enemy that my suspicions descended to the level of an insect. Glorious Chernobyl[3] proudly assures me that my unjust provocations will not render him an "anti-Debordist." As if this was the question at hand; and as if he had the means to become one! I imagine that this would, nevertheless, cost this petty soul a great deal.

The excessive [L'abusif] Cahoreau feels himself deceived or disappointed by the contents of my response to him,[4] and perhaps even caught out in his obscure maneuver (since he knows what it is, in any case). The fact is that he hasn't sought to prolong our rare and thus precious "correspondence" for another word.

Do you have any news about the Strategic-Historical Games [Company]?[5]

I still think that I will complete my "first volume"[6] at the beginning of June.

I embrace you,

[1] Translator's note: both authors had books that were intended to be published in translation by Editions Gerard Lebovici.

[2] Translator's note: Jean-Pierre Baudet, who demanded in Signed X that his name be removed from this volume.

[3] Translator's note: Baudet was the anonymous author of Chernobyl: Anatomy of a Cloud, which was published in 1986 by Editions Gerard Lebovici.

[4] See letter dated 6 April 1989.

[5] Translator's note: see letter dated 31 December 1988.

[6] Of Panegyric.

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

To Contact NOT BORED!