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What Thrilled Me in Fierens’ Book

The Letter, Issue 41, Summer 2009, Pages  133 - 140


What Thrilled Me in Fierens’ Book Charles Melman


The following paper, translated into English by Cormac Gallagher, was read by Charles Melman during a two-day conference in 2003 on the themes of Christian Fierens' book Lecture de L'Etourdit. Lacan 1972, Paris: L'Harmattan, 2002.

Keywords: Christian Fierens; L'Etourdit; lalangue; saying; topology

I got to know Fierens' book through Jean-Pierre Lebrun who sent it to me and I immediately found that it was an amazing work and that even if I was not necessarily in agreement with the reading that he gave of this text, it was one of the most stimulating and successful works to be met in our domain.

I am saying this all the more because I have with this text of L'Etourdit - I told Christian Fierens about it yesterday - a rather particular relationship. Because, I will pass over this very quickly, Lacan had given me this text for me to publish in Scilicet 4. I had given it back to him telling him that it was an absolutely unreadable, impossible text; that no one would ever understand anything in it; and that the sense of such a publication seemed to me to be absolutely not obvious. Which he did not take very well.

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