Reading, loving, rewriting
The author has also allowed himself to be seduced by resolutely contemporary women. Beginning with Marie, the muse of Jean-Philippe Toussaint and who criss-crosses three of his works: Faire l’amour (2002), Fuir (2005) and La vérité sur Marie (2009). Without forgetting Christine, the literary reflection of Christine Angot, pulled hither and thither by her love life in Le Marché des amants (2008).
A history of flaws
Nor does the ‘rewriter’ hesitate to point out to certain authors that they have taken the wrong path, that they haven’t properly understood their own character. One comment amongst others launched at Jean-Philippe Toussaint a propos Marie. ‘For me she is not an earthly being, but a nymph,’ he suggests. This is to what the Belgian writer responded by saying in a lecture, after having read the text: ‘Let not Jacques Dubois forget that this Marie is mine. It’s me who invented her.’