SALUT DELEUZE Graphic Novel (1): publisher’s summary

Salut Deleuze cover

Translated from the publisher’s page:

« Deleuze is dead. Charon, the psychopomp, is supposed to ferry him to the other bank, where Barthes, Lacan and Foucault are waiting for him. But, even before the philosopher can be reunited with his friends, the ferry reverses course and takes him back to the beginning.

Deleuze is dead, long live Deleuze ! In the afterlife, the author of ANTI-OEDIPUS must cross the Lethe to get to the other bank. During the crossing the dead philosopher takes the oars and evokes his past life. On the far side, Barthes, Lacan and Foucault await him. But before he can even meet up with them the ferry reverses course and takes him back to the beginning. The scene plays out and repeats several times, time for the philosopher aided by Charon to understand that repetition is not repetition of the same but the «possible condition of self-metamorphosis».

Touched by the brutal end of the philosophers of the post-structuralist current (Barthes was run over by a truck when leaving the Collège de France, Deleuze committed suicide to end his suffering), Martin tom Dieck had the idea of paying homage to Deleuze in his own way. As his knowledge of philosophy was limited, the artist enlisted the aid of Jens Balzer, who took care of a large part of the scenario and the dialogues. Besides, the idea of repetition came from him. Salut Deleuze! was first published in the form of comic strips in the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung. It is now published in its entirety by the publishing house Fréon. Far from producing a boring theoretical treatise, Dieck and Balzer have succeeded in putting philosophy into a comic book. This story in the form of a fable is the occasion for the authors to bring Deleuze back to life in a confrontation with the theories elaborated before his death. It is also an occasion for the active reader to participate in the reflexion » (my translation).

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3 commentaires pour SALUT DELEUZE Graphic Novel (1): publisher’s summary

  1. landzek dit :

    Love! I think it’s funny not funny in the ha ha Sort of waybut funny in the odd sort of way, The interesting story of way, The amount of irony that goes into Deleuze life and death. On one hand it’s interesting how the common humanity loves tragedy. It’s as if in order for one to be great one has to have a tragic end.
    There’s another irony insomuch as his philosophy was pretty much the description of breathing, that he would die because of a disease having to do with the breath of life, and then probably at the Verriand not wishing to go through the last long stages of misery because of the failure of this breath of life, this machine of reading, actually contradicted the flow of his philosophy by taking his own life, actually jumping out into the air — but then his life ended by something which is distinctly outside of his own philosophy the ground which smashed his body.

    I know I’m not supposed to be so insensitive of the dead. But much like Kierkegaard this type of irony should be celebrated. Because when we allow ourselves to celebrate this kind of tragedy we actually have an ability to get away from the definitude of theological embodiment.


    • landzek dit :

      … And actually I did not know how he died until you mentioned it just right now I had to check. Because if we look at it The way he died was actually a brutal contradiction of the philosophy that he advocated. And if I really look at that dichotomy—. This is why I’m beginning to talk about honesty and dishonesty and philosophy because if you really look at how he ended his life and how is life ended you have to consider the possibility at those last moments that everything that he had been thinking was true his philosophy all his writings everything, he basically threw out the window and realize how incorrect it was. Why else, how else could someone have the integrity to kill themselves especially in that way. Because if something is true, if people are being honest with themselves about what is actually occurring with themselves and with their life and with the world and existence, Then there is nothing that could occur that is inconsistent in such a way that would bring about a tragic end. Perhaps that is why the common humanity loves those tragic nights of faith: Because as we learn from Kierkegaard the night of infinite resignation sticks to his guns out of a kind of forced dishonesty.


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