Thu 4 Nov

Reading Group: To The Friend Who Did Not Save My Life by Hervé Guibert

Reading Group

After being diagnosed with AIDS, Hervé Guibert wrote this devastating, darkly humorous and personal novel, chronicling three months in the penultimate year of the narrator’s life. In the wake of his friend Muzil’s death, he goes from one quack doctor to another, from holidays to test centres, and charts the highs and lows of trying to cheat death.

On publication in 1990, the novel scandalised French media, which quickly identified Muzil as Guibert’s close friend Michel Foucault. The book became a bestseller, and Guibert a celebrity. The book has since attained a cult following for its tender, fragmented and beautifully written accounts of illness, friendship, sex, art and everyday life. It catapulted Guibert into notoriety and sealed his reputation as a writer of shocking precision and power.

The English version translated by Linda Coverdale contains a foreword by Maggie Nelson, an introduction from Frieze editor Andrew Durbin and an afterword from Edmund White.

Thu 4 Nov 7pm

1h30 | in English and French | £5 non-members, £3 members

You can find information on the book in English on the British publisher’s website.

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