Raoul Vaneigem

Bio: Born 21 March 1934 in Lessines, Belgium. Father, Paul Vaneigem, was a Socialist, anticlerical railway worker. Mother's name: Marguerite Tilte. Between 1951 and 1956, Raoul pursued and obtained a degree in Roman philology at the Free University of Brussels. Between 1956 and 1964, he was a professor at the Ecole Normale de Nivelles. (He was forced to resign in 1964 after it was revealed that he'd had an affair with one of his students.) In 1960, he sent his work about French poetry to Henri Lefebvre, who then forwarded it to Guy Debord. In 1961, he joined the Situationist International, and remained a member until his resignation in November 1970. Between 1964 and 1972, he was the editor of the Encyclopedia of the Current World. In 1986, he began work on an Encyclopedia Universalis. Especially in the 1990s and 2000s, he published a great many nonfiction books, as well as a novel. The father of four children, he now lives in Belgium.


Newspaper photo of him at a demonstration circa 1960-1961 (detail). Full image.
With Guy Debord in the early 1960s.
By himself in 2003.
In 2005.

Reviews of his books

The Movement of the Free Spirit (1986).

A Declaration of the Rights of Human Beings: On the Sovereignty of Life as Surpassing the Rights of Man (2000).

Texts in Translation

Isidore Ducasse and the Count of Lautréamont in the Poésies 1958
Fragments pour une Poétique 1960

Situationist International:
First letter to Guy Debord, 24 January 1961
Letter to Guy Debord, 19 February 1961
Life goes by, life escapes (song lyrics) 1961
Basic Program of the Bureau of Unitary Urbanism (with Attila Kotanyi) Internationale Situationniste #6, 1961
Theses on the Paris Commune (with Guy Debord and Attila Kotanyi), 18 March 1962
Basic Banalities, part one, Internationale Situationniste #7, 1962
Basic Banalities, part two, Internationale Situationniste #8, 1963
Ideologies, Classes and the Domination of Nature Internationale Situationniste #8, 1963
No dialogue with people who are suspect, no dialogue with cunts, (with Jan Strijbosch) published as tract, 27 February 1963
"The Revolution of Everyday Life," 1963-1965
Some Theoretical Topics That Need To Be Dealt With Without Academic Debate or Idle Speculation Internationale Situationniste #10, 1966
Aiming for Practical Truth Internationale Situationniste #11, 1967
Notice to the Civilized Concerning Self-Management Internationale Situationniste #12, 1969

Situationist Orientation Debate:
Notes on the orientation of the SI March 1970
Several precise points 23 April 1970
Note of synthesis for the meeting of 19 May 1970 May 1970
Letter of resignation from the Situationist International, 14 November 1970

Terrorism or Revolution, an introduction to Ernest Coeurderoy 1972
Contributions to The Revolutionary Struggle, Intended To Be Discussed, Corrected, And Principally, Put Into Practice Without Delay 1974
From Wildcat Strike to Total Self-Management 1974
A Cavalier History of Surrealism 1977
The Book of Pleasures 1979
"The Resistance to Christianity" 1993
A Warning to Students of All Ages 1995
In Praise of Refined Laziness 1996
Foreword to "The Inhumanity of Religion" 2000
Preliminary Notes on a Project for the Construction of Oarystis, the City of Desires 2002
Interview published 12 September 2003
The Prisons Must Be Destroyed 2004
New preface to "The Movement of the Free Spirit" 2005
Answers to Six Questions 2007
What's Free is the Absolute Weapon 2011
Greece: the Cradle of a New World 2012
Beyond the Impossible 2012
Nothing Has Ended; Everything Begins (excerpts) 2014
Self-Portraits and Caricatures of the Situationist International (2015)
Message of support for the ZAD at Notre Dame des Landes and a song (2018)
The Reasons of Wrath (2018)
Concerning the "Yellow Vests": Everything is possible, even self-managing assemblies in the middle of street intersections, villages and neighborhoods (2018)

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