Champ Libre to Louis Janover[1]
Paris, 27 December 1976

You were unmasked in issue #11 (pp. 57-58) of the journal Internationale Situationniste, the complete collection of which we reprinted in a single volume.In the work by Jean-Jacques Raspaud and Jean-Pierre Voyer [entitled] Internationale Situationniste, which we published in 1972, you were described by the authors as a “moralist, insignificant, falsifier, masperizer.”[2]

Knowing all this, we are surprised that you have solicited us, we who are an honest publisher. Do you hope to deceive us? If so, you have failed. Your projects do not interest us.

Please, Sir, accept our sincere salutations.

Gerard Lebovici

[1] In response to two letters, 22 November 1976 and 8 December 1976, both proposing that Champ Libre publish Janover’s book, Surrealism, Marxism and Revolution.

[2] A reference to Editions Maspero, which the situationists excoriated for publishing expurgated and thus falsified texts.

Louis Janover to Champ Libre
Paris, 4 January 1977
Sir, honest publisher

Acknowledging reception of your letter of 27 December 1976, I take note of your refusal to be interested in my projects.

I did indeed hope to surprise your revolutionary vigilance. I confess that I have “failed.” You have unmasked me thanks to your exhaustive knowledge of now-classic sources of references and your always-alert attention. Such sadness to not be counted among your authors, some of whom I had the occasion to appreciate at the moment of their heroic combat! And it is rare to encounter in the commercial milieu a publisher courageous enough to identify himself with his authors, even if they are mediocre! Oh well, it is done. Your audacious gesture opportunely allows me to exclude you as a batch. Do not doubt that it costs me to not congratulate you on your publications that you’ve brought to my attention and on [your] other, more recent successes.

Louis Janover

(Published in Editions Champ Libre, Correspondance, Vol. 1, Editions Champ Libre, Paris, 1978. Translated from the French and footnoted by NOT BORED! June 2012.)

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