2022 – Yoga by Emmanuel Carrier – The Self-Eating Writer | Biography and notes

IWell, writing a book is easy. Just keep adding interesting sentences to each other and grouping them together along a fairly accurate narrative line. Except it’s not easy – in fact, it’s very hard work, hard and tedious work that can often leave you completely nervous when you reach for the bottle or pills. Since his creative debut with Discount, published in 2000, French writer Emmanuel Carrier has done something doubly amazing: He has devised a unique and compelling new way to tell a true story, and make it seem easy. Or at least he could he goes Easy for the reader. His personal, satanic Sachromanes, covering topics such as dissident Russian literature or the history of early Christianity, unfolds in a state of perpetual climax, remaining in fascination from cover to cover.

Like his new book yoga At first, Carrier is “fine,” enjoying the splendor of ten years, and all-around marital bliss, which he finds fascinating given how miserable his inner life was before. Carrier, as anyone who has read his books knows, is a brilliant pornographer of his torments, and a master of suffering who writes in a tone of fury, even though his life—rich, Parisian, glamorous—is strikingly attractive. He characteristically tells us: “I am second to none when it comes to neurotic misery.” Sunny in the sunny highlands in his late fifties, he decides to write “a delightful, subtle little book on yoga,” but lets us know from the first page that neither the book nor life as such will work.

In January 2015, Carrier embarked on a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat in the Morvan region of France. There he describes meditation practice in a way that doesn’t seem erratic in the kind of self-help book he flirts with in that early section (until he bumps into some deliberately dissonant notes: “It was about it.” I was thinking about a woman I didn’t know”). As he recalls decades of engagement In the practices of yoga and tai chi at the oldest dojo in Paris, we learn of a mistress whom Carrier met in a former sanctuary in Geneva, and who would meet with him regularly in hotel rooms.These meditations are interrupted when grave news from the outside world breaks that he has withdrawn after four days of sojourn in the Spiritual Equivalent. for North Korea.

The book’s goal of being a humble yoga guide breaks down—or rather, it breaks down into a more comprehensive account of the end of Carrier’s decade than being “full of myself.” Islamist attack on offices Charlie Hebdo It leads to depression and mental disorder. His marriage failed (off-screen – Carrier’s ex-wife legally forbade him from writing about it after their divorce) and was eventually annulled by Carrier’s sister in a psychiatric hospital. He’s put on ketamine and ECT, and a few months later, this Indiana Jones Galick travels to Iraq to find a Quran inscribed with Saddam Hussein’s blood. His attempt to restore peace of mind eventually leads him to the Greek island of Leros, where he teaches creative writing to young people on board in the midst of Europe’s bleeding refugee crisis.

This is all and the end of all content. But what makes Carrier’s book – and what I look forward to most – is its storytelling, this distinctive blend of intense review and roving interest. His ability to build a narrative out of different materials is phenomenal, with all kinds of visions, anecdotes, and guesses piled high like episodes about his long and meager “I”. One minute you’re watching him rush drunk into Chopin’s bolognese with an American woman, the next he’s telling a science fiction story he read as a teenager – and the rhythm never gets stuck. It is relentlessly fun.

Deliberate Carrier Books Self reference. meditation, jihad In France the refugees are all secondary to the author’s real themes of being Emmanuel Carrier and the writing and reception of his earlier books (he even quotes one of them extensively). It’s less self-centered karaoke and more cannibalism, with Carrère’s prior work consistently giving him a path forward. It does what Philip Roth did with his Nathan Zuckerman novels—biographical novels that explore the implications of autobiographical novels—but Carrier has updated the software and (mostly) ditched the fictional screen. It makes sense for a self-centered writer to find their way to writing about meditation. The practice of directing your attention to the apparatus of thinking and perception is not unlike the tapestry of Carrier’s books, which narrate a self-aware awareness.

There is no point in accusing Carrier of vanity and narcissism when he so frankly deals with these literary vices, yet he professes them so forcefully that even self-criticism emerges as an aspect of that narcissism. Carrier’s citizen Jean-Paul Sartre’s definition of the condition is as good as any – a way of trying to see yourself as you think, and what you do – and for all his objections to the “unbearable suffering of morals”, it’s hard not to see even Carrier’s torments also featured in such try. When he ends up in a crazy house, you can feel that he can hardly believe his luck.

The book’s ending left with a routine—and, to me, deceptive—a glimmer of hope in the paradox with which his books usually inspire me. I am now struck by the body of Carrier’s works as the product of a devil’s bargain in which he repeatedly sacrificed everything, including his soul, to become a great writer—but even then, his prominence as someone who sacrificed everything for literature is engraved in fine lettering, a secondary requirement in his demonic vanity. All this does not necessarily mean discrediting what he does. In a way, his slightly ominous agenda is a testament to the author’s resilience Writes The protective existential envelope in which the burning pain can be pleasurable.

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