By the time of his death, Herve Guibert had become a singular literary voice on the impact of AIDS in France. He was prolific. His oeuvre contained some twenty novels, including To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life and The Compassion Protocol. He was thirty-six years old. In Cytomegalovirus, Guibert offers an autobiographical narrative of the everyday moments of his hospitalization because of complications of AIDS. Cytomegalovirus is spare, biting, and anguished. Guibert writes through the minutiae of living and of death-as a quality of invention, of melancholy, of small victories in the face of greater threats-at the moment when his sight (and life) is eclipsed.
This new edition includes an Introduction and Afterword contextualizing Guibert's work within the history of the AIDS pandemic, its relevance in the contemporary moment, and the importance of understanding the quotidian aspects of terminal illness.
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
"In this medical humanities classic, the vulnerable yet unabashedly confrontational Herve Guibert dissects the solitary hospital body that he and unknown others have become exam after exam, drug after drug, humiliation after humiliation, scream after scream. The writer's urgent will to live and poignant desire to invent relations inside and outside the hospital are nothing short of breathtaking." -- -Joao Biehl * author of Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment and Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival *
"To read Guibert's journal of faltering vision is to teeter at the portal to many worlds. He stands, like Saramago, between light and darkness, right and wrong, life and death. What he sees and hears there-what he learns-is timeless. This book is a gift." -- -David France * Director of How to Survive a Plague *
Guibert's Cytomegalovirus stands alone. Soon after it was first published and subsequently translated into English, the text became trusted as the artful encapsulation of a particular time of AIDS... This excellent new edition clearly marks the lasting significance of Guibert's writing. -- Lukas Engelmann, Research Associate, CRASSH
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