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927). 14 Régis Debray, in his ‘Lettre à Claude Simon sur le roman moderne’, acknowledges that reading Simon was particularly useful to him at a specific moment of his life: ‘Au risque de vous faire de la peine, cher Claude Simon, je dois vous avouer que vos romans m’ont été naguère très utiles: c’est en lisant et relisant, une, deux, dix fois La Route des Flandres, en prison, à Camiri, vers 1969, que j’ai découvert l’impossibilité où j’étais désormais de me croire marxiste, hégélien, ou proustien (c’est à peu près la même chose).

2, Paris, 10/18, 1972, p. 96). 17 In Le Différend, Paris, Gallimard, 1983, and other works from the same period, JeanFrançois Lyotard emphasises the arbitrary nature of linkage and uses Simon as a prime example of a writer who sees the task of writing to be the discovery of new Thinking History Otherwise 31 The devices or material used as props for both imagination and memory in Simon’s work are well known, because Simon has frequently described them in his novels and often discussed them in interviews with journalists and scholars in search of keys for understanding his work and his life.

3, Les France, part 3, pp. 1011–12). 5 ‘On ne parle tant de mémoire que parce qu’il n’y en a plus’ (Les Lieux de mémoire, vol. 1, p. XVII). 6 Nora distinguishes, not without a certain nostalgia, between ‘milieux’ and ‘lieux’ of memory in the following way: ‘La conscience de la rupture avec le passé se confond avec le sentiment d’une mémoire déchirée; mais où le déchirement réveille encore assez de mémoire pour que puisse se poser le problème de son incarnation. Le sentiment de la continuité devient résiduel à des lieux.

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