Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Josipovici And Other Animals
Josipovici, in spite of having written an affecting memoir claims that he is suspicious of the genre. He quotes his mother's view: "...to write one's memoirs is to cease to look forward. It's a form of nostalgia and self-indulgence." He says much later in the book that autobiography is unsatisfactory because: "A person can never grasp the trajectory of their own life, not only because that trajectory is not over till their life ends, but because a life is more than what one can say, it is more than one can think.. It can only be lived, not told – not told by the liver, that is, but only by another." That is why he chose to write another person's life. Again, he says: "A memoir would have left me to wallow in my sorrow; writing the life of another, of that other, was what I needed to do, and I now see why." We can only be grateful that he overcame his reservations and wrote this book.