from Guy Debord

To Juvenal Quillet and Bernard Schumacher[1]
Paris, 9 December 1974
Dear comrades:

I can finally transmit to you definite news: all of the little fakers -- Guegan, Sorin, Guiomar, Le Saux[2] -- were emptied into a single trashcan at the first meeting that followed the complete demonstration of all that they are (that is to say, around the time of my departure to Italy). The sky of their fuckery having fallen on their heads, they have not even tried to resist. This aspect of the problem is thus settled for the best. Now that it is done, mouths have opened and one learns that they treated several others as they treated you.

Champ Libre will continue, but with an extremely reduced team. It seems that it will be necessary to publish several books, the contracts for which have already been signed, although one can easily prognosticate the quality of such a heritage! Finally, it will be necessary to straighten the line with fewer but clearly better books.

Only yesterday was I able to see [Gerard] Lebovici, who has been sick these last few weeks, with the result that he did not write back to you sooner. He will do so now.

He has agreed to publish your short manuscript. I estimate that the publication of other chattering or plagiarized fragments on the same subject, although quite regrettable, will not at all render obsolete a more radical and coherent exposition. I believe that, after so much lost time, it will be necessary to conclude quickly and that you will be interested in publishing the short manuscript such as it is, rather than augmenting it or completing the 600-page-long manuscript. Due to the fact that this subject has become fashionable, the concise style of the "manifesto" type becomes more opportune and, moreover, time is short.

Given the astonishing -- and suspect -- misadventure of the more "novelesque" manuscript by JuJu,[3] I have taken the initiative of speaking to Lebovici, who would like to read it. It appears to him that the "Free Fall" collection could open onto a genre of truly insolent and unbridled works that could, in a certain way, replace what the "Black Series" had been for another and less daring generation -- a personal hypothesis on which I will make no pronouncements, but which JuJu would perhaps be better able to evaluate.

Guy Debord

[1] Authors of History of the Council of Nantes (1970).

[2] Employees at Editions Champ Libre.

[3] Juvenal Quillet.

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 5: Janvier 1973-Decembre 1978 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2005. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! March 2007. Footnotes by Alice Debord.)

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