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The Cost of Freedom: Constance Debré and Eileen Myles

“What does it take to leave everything behind and start anew, embracing literature, and forging one’s own way in life?”

This is the question that French novelist and Villa Albertine resident Constance Debré and legend of American literature Eileen Myles debated on October 3, as we celebrated the concomitant release of Love me Tender (Semiotext(e), trans. by H. James), Debré’s debut novel in the US, and the first publication in France of Myles’s mythic novel Chelsea Girls (éditions du sous-sol, trans. by Héloise Esquié). The conversation was moderated by author Stephanie LaCava, with live translation by Nicolas Elliott. Watch the conversation below.


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