Champ Libre to Gérard Guégan
18 November 1974

On 26 October 1974, you sent to me a note dated the 21st, signed by yourself, Raphael Sorin, Jean-Yves Guiomar and Alain Le Saux. I responded to this note on 28 October 1974, and I asked that we meet on 4 November 1974 at 11 am.

At the beginning of this meeting, I proposed to you that you yourself see the logical consequence of this exchange of letters: your resignation from Champ Libre.

Given your refusal to do so, I was brought to put an end to your functions, this decision taking effect at that very moment. I allowed you to give your notice and I accepted all the financial consequences that resulted from your dismissal.

I should have confirmed to you what took place, but an urgent and unforeseen hospitalization prevented me. This is why I am only doing so today.

Your dismissal was executed on 4 November; your work contract will legally end on 4 February 1975, the date on which you will receive your seniority compensation and your rights to paid holidays. During the intervening period, your salary will be paid at the end of every month. It is understood that during this period you will remain tied to Champ Libre by the obligations that follow from your position as literary director.

Given the strike at the P.T.T.,[1] this letter can’t be addressed to you registered mail.

I ask that you acknowledge receipt as soon as possible, as is customary.

Please, Sir, accept my sincere salutations.

Gérard Lebovici

[1] Postes, télégraphes et telephone.

(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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