from Guy Debord

To Anselm Jappe
Venice, 21 April 1994
Dear Anselm Jappe:

I received your book in December. I responded to you then, at the address in Rome that you gave me, by enclosing with my letter two of my most recent books,[1] which perhaps will confirm several of your hypotheses.[2] The package was soon after returned to me, with a note declaring that you were "unknown at this address." And I have since then ascertained that the disorder of the Italian postal service still seems to be what I experienced in the preceding generation. We will now see if I have a better chance by using your publisher's address.

Four months ago, I said to you that I greatly appreciated how well-informed your book is, as well as the excellent level of theory in it. Your objectivity makes a pleasant contrast with the extravagant and calculated incomprehension of my contemporaries. I even find that you have perhaps been a little too indulgent where I am concerned.

If I can clarify some points in the follow-up to your research into Hegelian-Marxism, write to me (starting in May) at this address: Guy Debord, Champot. It is a spot from which the mail always follows me, wherever I might be.

Quite cordially,
Guy Debord

[1] The Decline and Fall of the Spectacular Market Economy and "Cette mauvaise reputation."

[2] Translator's note: Anselm Jappe, Debord, Edizioni Tracce (1991); translated into French in 1999; and eventually translated into English by Donald Nicholson-Smith (1999).

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 7: Janvier 1988-Novembre 1994 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2008. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! June 2009. Footnotes by the publisher, except where noted.)

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