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The Marboeuf controversy

[Les Lilas • France]
“With Jean-Yves Jouannais, in his absence”, Olivier Marboeuf introduces the principle of a long distance polemic concerning the figure of the greatest writer who never wrote, Félicien Marboeuf, the grandfather the two authors share. After Deuxième Vie, the author returns to the origin of his family name and the capture of his grandfather, revisiting his biography via mental maps inspired by the practices of Barthes. Starting with his patronymic, he discovers new links, be they real or imaginary, which reveal his secret first name and, with it, a new reading of colonial history: where we discover the surprising Pikiki and their mysterious leader “Œ”, and where there will be question of heritage, spoliation and the dance of the dead. A critical operation of identity where the political dimension is approached in an oblique manner, both tragicomic and fantastic.

Recorded at the Espace Khiasma on Friday, September 27, 2013, as part of the Relectures 14 Festival

A transcript translated into English and Arabic will soon be available on the website