Isidore Isou to Champ Libre
Paris, 19 November 1979

You have found ridiculous the Creators’ Prize awarded by my friends and I to Ecrits by Erie Satie,[1] of which you are the publisher, but the prize was awarded to the writings of Erik Satie, whom you incarnate no more than Hitler or Goebbels incarnated German culture from Goethe to Nietzsche, of which they believed themselves to be the representatives, and this despite your attempt to act in a neo-Nazi fashion in the place of the great avant-garde composer of modern music.

At the same time, I am sending you a text dedicated to the liquidation of a reactionary movement engendered by an ex-Lettrist of whom you are the publisher and whose temporarily successful turpitudes have been attacked by my articles since July-August-December 1959.

If the work by or about this tendency still interests the public, and if you believe that one should not censor opposed conceptions, but should help them express themselves, my desire would be to bring together the entirety of my essays and tracts, printed or still unpublished, about this group, written over the course of 20 years, in a volume to be entitled Critique de l’Internationale Situationniste, and to have it published by you, [and] if not, [then] by someone else at another time. The enclosed article is thus only a part of the aforementioned volume, which would naturally be more consequential. If you are interested in the idea of publishing a collection of studies and responses dedicated to the movement supported by your collaborators, please be kind enough to inform me by a letter to my address.

Hoping for a response to my proposal concerning the publication of the entirety of texts and tracts entitled Critique de l’Internationale Situationniste, I am

Sincerely yours,
Isidore Isou

[1] See exchange of letters with Ornella Volta, published in Champ Libre’s Correspondence, Volume 1.

(Published in Editions Champ Libre, Correspondance, Vol II, November 1981. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! August 2012. All footnotes by the translator.)

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