from Guy Debord

To Gerard Lebovici
20 January 1984
Dear Gerard:

Have you seen the article by Bercoff[1] in Le Monde, dated last Monday? This time a new threshold of recuperation has been crossed: he has literally copied the text of what Gianfranco [Sanguinetti] wrote in Proofs of the Inexistence,[2] simply replacing "Censor" with "Caton." I believe that he would like, given the point that he has reached, to engage in a polemic with Gianfranco or Champ Libre. But we will see about the others!

This year 1984 truly begins as if it had the intention to overtake its concept.[3] What's going on with the poster?[4]

You can now send me the check from Sopro-Films.[5]

The '84 catalogue has retained the error in the title "Complete Philosophical Works"[6] by Marx.

Best wishes. See you soon.

[1] Andre Bercoff, in 1983 the author of a pamphlet entitled On Reconquest, which -- under the pseudonym of "Canton" -- claimed to plagiarize "in the manner of Censor." [Translator's note: it should not go without mention that this pamphlet, which was written in response to a request made by Jacques Attali (a political advisor to Francois Mitterand), was published by Artheme Fayard.]

[2] Translator's note: Sanguinetti's Proofs of the Inexistence of Censor, by his Author (Champ Libre, 1976) revealed that he was the author of the pamphlet On the Last Chances to Save Capitalism in Italy, which was attributed to "Censor."

[3] Allusion to the book by George Orwell.

[4] To publicize Editions Champ Libre.

[5] Advance for the projected film On Spain (cf. Des Contrats, Editions Le Temps qu'il fait, 1995).

[6] Translator's note: presumably the mistake here is that the word "Complete" should have been "Early."

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 5: Janvier 1979-Decembre 1987 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2006. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! May 2007. Footnotes by Alice Debord, except where noted.)

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