The diving bell and the butterfly : a memoir of life in death
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- ISBN: 0375701214 (pbk.) :
131 p. ; 20 cm.
- Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998, c1997.
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First published by Éditions Robert Laffont, Paris, in 1997.
Translation of Le scaphandre et le papillon.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 May 1997
On December 8, 1995, at the very beginning of a weekend with his 10-year-old son, Bauby, editor-in-chief of the world's most famous fashion magazine, Elle, suffered a massive stroke. When he emerged from coma more than a month later, his mind was perfectly clear, but he could move only his left eyelid. So he remained until his death on March 9, 1997. In the interim, however, with the help of an alphabet arranged in the order of the letters' frequency in French (e occurs most frequently and so appears first) and recited until Bauby signaled the desired letter with a blink, Bauby dictated, letter by letter, the 28 tiny personal essays of this book. They demonstrate indisputably Bauby's irrepressible love of life. Although trapped as if in a diving bell by his situation, "my mind takes flight like a butterfly," he says, and he ranges through memories, dreams, and reflections, keeping his wits sharp. Never maudlin or religiose, his observations become inspirational, in the manner of much literature about enduring physical adversity, only after they have impressed us--just like good "regular" literature--with their author's strength, affability, curiosity, and gusto. They are a best-seller in France, and with a 100,000-copy first printing, Knopf hopes they will do as well here. ((Reviewed May 1, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
Jean-Dominique Bauby was born in France in 1952. He attended school in Paris. After working as a journalist for a number of years, Bauby became the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine in Paris in 1991.
On December 8, 1995 he had a stroke which left him with the condition known as locked-in syndrome. Bauby died on March 9, 1997. He was the father of two children, Theophile and Celeste.
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