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By Michel Serres, Genevieve James, Raymond Federman

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ISBN-13: 9780821409350

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No, I will not write for struggle. My kin who did not know nor could write were always defeated in that contest. No, I will not write for vio23 Detachment lence wherever it comes from, neither for contention nor competi­ tion. No, I will not write to keep any pledges. Their pledges are only advertisement for themselves, for their foes. A poster is entic­ ing whenever its violence is heightened. This contract signed be­ tween fighters strengthens their power and glory, they become, they remain great, above all if some error bloodstained their writ­ ings.

He ended up in France after the war, more than ten years of absence had separated him from his family. His children had almost become strangers, he left a pregnant wife on a wharf in Shanghai, when he returned his younger son was nearly a teenager. On one side, famine; on the other, the Japa­ nese. A strange host in his own household. An almighty master and an invited guest. I saw the continuation of The Odyssey. Was Ulysses ever happy, living with Penelope or Telemachus seized with xenophobia?

In our deserted hamlets our culture diCjs. Yes, I saw the deluge sweep the earth. Here, one billion men are fighting history in silence and immo­ bility: a multitude between the cracks of the alluvion and the wind of the skies. China loam. No. I am no longer a farmer, neither a turf nor a stone breaker. My kin have been farmers from neolithic times, probably from the time farming was of stones and soil and they are still farming. I know some around me who have known how to write for four thousand years, since the stylus and calamus, wax or papyrus, I admire them, they fascinate me, and I understand why they are sometimes tired of that weight.

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