Over at The New Yorker‘s Page-Turner blog, there’s an excerpt of Sophie Calle’s Address Book, which was published serially in the French newspaper Libération in 1983 and has appeared in English for the first time thanks to the publisher Siglio. (We wrote about the book here a while back.)
For some background, Ms. Calle found an address book on the street in Paris and called the numbers in it, asking questions about its owner–”Pierre D.”–to try and learn everything about him without ever having met him. She made narratives of these interviews, which appeared in Libération roughly on a daily basis for one month. Pierre threatened to sue Ms. Calle, so she promised not to re-publish the work until after his death. Happy reading!
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