14 July 2009

Letter to D

Just finished reading "Letter to D", Andre Gorz' open love letter to his wife of 58 years, Dorine.

Gorz has been one of the major political and philosophical influences on me over the last eighteen months, particularly his books "Capitalism, Socialism and Ecology" and "Farewell to the Working Class", but "Letter to D" is something else entirely, a counterpoint to his first work 'The Traitor" and written in apology to his wife for not placing her publicly at the centre of all his work to accurately reflect her place as the centre of his entire life and being.

Written when she was 82 and terminally ill, he starts and finishes by stating:
"You're still beautiful, graceful and desirable. We've lived together now for 58 years and I love you more than ever. Lately I've fallen in love with you all over again and I once more feel a gnawing emptiness inside that can only be filled when your body is pressed against mine."
One year later their bodies were found lying together in their home by a friend after both taking a lethal injection. Neither could contemplate life without the other.

Haunting for its honesty, humility and simplicity, this is a true love story and a fitting memorial to a remarkable relationship.

Letter to D - Andre Gorz

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