You have very exactly defined for me the minimum work that remains to be done on Clausewitz. Thus I will work on it the best I can; be tranquil.
I find that your analysis of the Encyclopedia is extremely just and profound, and has the great merit of designating the nature of a kind of trap that, up to a certain point, almost everyone (myself included) risks being captured by. "Becoming is the truth of being," and what this enterprise becomes is exactly described by you. The little I know of [Jaime] Semprun's personality, which Jeff [Jean-Francois Martos] can relate to you, accords quite well with your hypothesis. You see that, finally, it was worth the difficulty of picking out the Fargette affair. This stitch caused all that pretentious knitting.
Today I received from Jeff the crushing document from the Parliamentary Inquest. It appears to me that the citations that are made in it, mixed with almost all of your letter, would constitute an excellent pamphlet, sufficient and definitive: [perhaps to be called] The Last Things of An Encyclopedia?
I once read the Russian campaign and told Gerard [Lebovici] that this translation could not be used in any case. It is unfortunately not by Niessel, but a captain of dragons, a commissioned staff officer. This Ubu boasts very loudly of having simplified and rendered much clearer Clausewitz's text, his Masperization having delivered it from his hazy Prussian metaphysics. One believed they heard [Eduard] Bernstein deploring the fact that Marx never managed to get rid of the Hegelian dialectic. But the ex-king of Poland, more victorious, escaped all this through a trap door!
The information about Action D[irecte], General Audran, etc., is pleasing. The most extraordinary thing is to find Millet-la-Poulaille at the origin of these revelations.Best wishes,
 Translating Vom Kriege (On War) from German into French.
 The Encyclopedia of Nuisances was founded in 1984 by Jaime Semprun and Christian Sebastiani.
 See letter from Baudet to Fargette dated 22 February 1987.
 Concerning the student protest-movement of December 1986.
 See letter from Baudet to Debord dated 3 July 1987.
 In Catholic eschatology, the last things one should focus on before dying: death, judgment, heaven and hell.
 Carl von Clausewitz, The Campaign of 1812 in Russia.
 M. Begouen, Commanding Captain of the Dragons.
 A neologism, derived from Editions Maspero, which designates a text that has been butchered or falsified by its publisher.
 General Rene Audran was assassinated on 25 January 1985 by a group claiming to be Action Directe.
 Gilles Millet, then a journalist for Liberation.
(Published in Jean-Francois Martos, Correspondance avec Guy Debord, Le fin mot de l'Histoire, August 1998. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! June 2007. Footnotes by the translator.)