from Guy Debord

To Floriana Lebovici
Thursday, 24 January 1985
Dear Floriana:

Here are all the signed papers for the s & h games.[1]

Yesterday, I saw Commissioner Jaouen,[2] who interrogated me for three hours. This was not uninteresting as a whole, but a little tiring, in girum imus nocte et consumimur igni. Many repetitions. Perhaps they are making progress? In any case, they seem impassioned by the challenge.

They showed me an anonymous pamphlet, Words and Bullets.[3] I do not know why, but they [the police] were very interested in it. I declared that I was not the author, contrary to what some newspaper said, and that when I will have the occasion to publish something on the question, it will not be anonymously. I have read it. I received a copy through you, as well as a pile of anonymous documents, of which you have sent me photocopies as you have received them. As to what I think, I have said that I see nothing significant in it, not being convinced by this "fascist trail," especially as it is indicated by an anonymous person. I have nevertheless noted that it appears to me to obviously have emanated from someone who has sympathy for Gerard [Lebovici].

I have learned that Sabrina[4] claims to have slept at my place in the last few days of December 1980. I have formally denied the deed, although I cannot understand what it echoes (did she say she slept alone, or with Gerard, or with everyone?). In any case, this confirms that she is a mythomaniac. I remember very well her brief stay, because it was and remains the only time that Gerard came by in the company of someone other than a family member. In the country, he naturally slept at my place. In Arles, always in different hotels. In this particular case, we reserved two rooms for him, which is quite normal when a friend comes accompanied by a young woman whose relations with him are unknown.

To conclude, they [the police] had the impudence to ask me what I thought of the nature of your relationship with Gerard. I responded: "Excellent and admirable. Founded on a mutual, complete and perfect trust, which all of your [Floriana's] behavior had moreover confirmed since the assassination." Without making this scholarly historical reference, I admit to you that, at that moment, I thought of Clausewitz and Marie de Bruehl, because I recalled the tender admiration that Gerard manifested when speaking of this couple and it appeared obvious to me that he recognized himself in it. Seeing the contrast with my customary coldness, I believe that on this point they did not doubt my sincerity nor my conviction. They made no commentary and we left it at that.

I hope that you have liked my Considerations.[5]

See you soon. I embrace you.

[1] Strategic and Historical Games, the company founded by Guy Debord and Gerard Lebovici on 28 January 1977. [Translator's note: this company was founded for the commercialization of Debord's cabinet game, kriegspiel.]

[2] Come to Arles, from Paris, for a new interrogation [concerning the 5 March 1984 murder of Gerard Lebovici.]

[3] Translator's note: anonymous pamphlet, attributed to Jean-Francois Martos and translated from the French by NOT BORED!

[4] Mesrine. [Translator's note: daughter of the slain bankrobber Jacques Mesrine.]

[5] Considerations on the Assassination of Gerard Lebovici, finished at the printer on 11 February 1985, by [the newly founded] Editions Gerard Lebovici.

(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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