from Guy Debord

To Anita Blanc
3 March 1989
Dear Anita:

There are too many maps, and several are not relevant.[1] I would think that you would want the minimum number. If one supposes that you have resolved all the problems concerning the legibility (and thus the format) of these maps, which are beautiful, then one could perfectly illustrate On War with only seven of them,[2] which I have marked below A to G, along with their "titles" (to be printed if they do not figure in the document).

A. Europe at the beginning of the 19th century
B. France and its northern frontier
C. Northern Italy
D. Central Germany
E. The Iberian Peninsula (this map must be re-framed by eliminating all the curlicues)
F. The Russian Campaign of 1812
G. The French Campaign of 1814

It is good for you that I once again established this order, because you asked me to do so. Light work, it is true: but it is by principle that I estimate that I have truly done enough for this edition of Clausewitz.[3] As you know, I have been thanked with several insulting insinuations, the imprudence of which has been surprising. Does one imagine that I would tolerate everything because Clausewitz was published by Champ Libre? Or that the pseudonymous [book about] Chernobyl[4] protects its author from everything? Time passes and I have observed that X,[5] due to the sole fact that I still have not responded to him publicly,[6] does not think that he most step back! Which means that he hasn't found anyone (especially not Martos the historian)[7] to give him good advice.

Quite amicably,

[1] Translator's note: in Jean-Pierre Baudet's translation of Clausewitz's On War, then in production at Editions Gerard Lebovici.

[2] Translator's note: see Debord's letter to Floriana Lebovici dated 19 March 1988.

[3] Translator's note: Debord had been working on this project for almost five years. See letter to Floriana Lebocivi dated 20 November 1984.

[4] Translator's note: written by Baudet and published by Editions Gerard Lebovici in 1986.

[5] Translator's note: see Baudet's text Signed X.

[6] Translator's note: concerning Baudet's questions about Debord's relationship with the work of Gunther Anders.

[7] Translator's note: Jean-Francois Martos, author of History of the Situationist International, rebuffed by Debord for his insistence in finding out what Debord thought of Baudet's Expurgated Summary of Gunther Anders' book Die Antiquiertheit des Menschen. See letter dated 22 September 1988.

(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.)

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