The End of the Challenge
There is always an anticlimax at the end, like finishing the first reading of a beloved book. But, somehow, one of the posts has given me an idea. Doing research for the Challenge leads sometime to old friends, or friends one did not expect to have. Thus I have met Régine Deforges, a celebrated writer and hell raiser in her own time. From Régine I have promised myself to read several books, and more about those in due time. For now I have picked up a new project: translating and commenting on Régine’s “O m’a dit” (© Société Nouvelle des Editions Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1975, Nouvelle Edition, Pauvert, 1995), her 1975 interview – sorry – “entretiens” with Pauline Réage, author of Histoire d’O. In fact there is yet another idea beyond this, but for the latter, my readers may have to look elsewhere in these pages.
I think a translation of “O m’a dit” in English already exists (if so I have not read it), but I relish the idea of doing something my own way, with my own bias. “O m’a dit” is a fascinating piece of journalism and critique, one of only two interviews Pauline gave in her lifetime. When, in 1975, Pauline and Régine met they were already friends, and they talked about O, of course, but also about many subjects they were keen to discuss: in those lines one can read the weight of their own success – published and successful author of one world-famous book for Pauline, Régine of many to come – as well of their phantasms. Well, enough for now, and more later. What I am planning to do is to translate (I think the whole text: 170 pages) and post in small chunks with comments, hopefully of interest to you, reader, and I’d probably do that every Wednesday or so under the tag #WritersWednesday!
So, what about the Challenge? Well, it is now over for 2013, and I published the last post yesterday! It has been most enjoyable, and I found it easier than last year, which was my first year of participation.
- #AtoZChallenge: April 17, 2013 ~ (Histoire d’)O (ofglassandpaper.com)