from Guy Debord

To Jean-Jacques Pauvert
27 October 1991
Dear Jean-Jacques:

I am very fortunate to have met you. "And Saint-Crepin will never return, from today to the end of the world, without us being remembered" (Henry V, V, 3).[1]

Enclosed[2] are copies of the letter to the lawyers.

Would you like to receive one of my books that you do not have? I will also send you several press clippings, diversely monstrous, but which are elements of the game.


[1] Translator's note: the martyrdom of Saint Crepin took place on 25 October 285 C.E. The twentyfifth of October also marks the victory of the English at the Battle of Agincourt, which is why Debord refers to Shakespeare's account of that victory. Note well that the publisher's citation isn't correct. It is in Act IV, Scene III, lines 57-60 of Shakespeare's Henry V that one reads:

And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

There is a memorable detournement of this passage in the film version of Debord's The Society of the Spectacle (1973), in which -- in homage to May 1968 -- he replaces Saint Crispin's Day with the month of May.

[2] Translator's note: letters written to Yves Cournot and Marie-Christine Deluc, both dated 28 October 1991.

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 7: Janvier 1988-Novembre 1994 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2008. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! March 2009.)

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