Traces of an Artist Who Died Young

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Ghost ImageGhost Image
by Hervé Guibert
Translated by Robert Bononno
Chicago.  160 pages, $18.

 

 

The Mausoleum of LoversThe Mausoleum of Lovers: Journals 1976-1991
by Hervé Guibert
Translated by Nathanaël
Nightboat Books. 574 pages, $19.95

 

THESE TWO BOOKS provide excellent examples of Hervé Guibert’s talent and style. A French writer and photographer who died from AIDS in 1991 at the age of 36, Guibert drew much of his work from his own life and his love of photography. He was especially interested in the surprising effects photographs can produce on people, not just on the subject and observers but also on the photographer as well. He turned his journals into material for his fiction. Reading the source for his work, however, can often be a challenge, and readers unfamiliar with Guibert’s life may find it tough going.

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