Writer of “An Attempt to Assassinate my Inner Bourgeois” Yann Kerninon in conversation with Rana Dasgupta, 1 September 2011
in conversation with Rana Dasgupta
Thursday, 1 September 2011
French writer-essayist Yann Kerninon visited India on the publication of his book An Attempt to Assassinate my Inner Bourgeois} by Full Circle, India. On this occasion, he travelled to Chennai and Puducherry (26-31 August 2011).
In New Delhi, Yann Kerninon was in conversation with writer Rana Dasgupta as part of the sixth session of “Writers, etc.”, jointly organised by Alliance Française de Delhi and the Embassy of France in India.
Yann Kerninon} , writer and philosopher, is also an artist (performance, prestidigitation and cinema), who teaches Philosophy, Literature and Art History at Centrale Paris, ESSEC, Sup de Co Rouen and Telecom Paris. His previous publications include Cahier d’ubiquité - Volume 1 (Hermaphrodite, 2003), and Moyens d’accès au monde - Manuel de survie pour les temps désertiques (Bord de l’eau, 2005). He has also co-directed the film "Bordure Breakaway” with Sébastien Lecordier (Atopic Production).
An Attempt to Assassinate my Inner Bourgeois} : This essay was awarded the Prix du Pamphlet in 2009, the year of its publication in French. An extract from the blurb: "A battle is now being waged between life in all its forms and death in all its forms […] in every country on the planet, but more than anywhere else, in the minds and bodies of each one of us. The entire history of the 19th and 20th centuries is essentially that of the struggle against the bourgeois spirit. Nietzsche, Baudelaire, Marx, Heidegger, Freud, Dada, surrealism, situationism, punk - all said or screamed the same thing: the bourgeois spirit must be crushed! The entire history of the 19th and 20th centuries is also the history of their failure...
This book is a "jumping exercise" that transcends the infernal bourgeois-anti-bourgeois cycle. It is a complex attempt to define a living vibrant society and individual, which we can finally call non-bourgeois.