the other is annihilated, the object is hopeless and the subject in his presence is erect: cherchez la femme. Douglas Glover’s Elle.


Reminds one of Cabeza de Vaca (1991, Nicolás Echevarría, dir.). Shamanism meets European rationalism.

something warm washes through me like a tide of blood, bringing a sensation of peace. I think, I give up. Which is strange. I don’t know what I’m giving up. And then I think, yes, I am giving up all my vanities, all my desires, designs and hopes, along with the claims of family, race and religion. Till now, when I felt despair, it meant feeling frustrated and regretful. This time hopelessness fills me with contentment. In my heart now, there is room for pity …

– Douglas Glover, Elle, Goose Lane, New Brunswick, Canada, 2003, p. 102

what if memory itself is a foreign object which the body longs to be rid of?

– Ibid., p. 130

I am the herald of the new, a new world for the inhabitants of this New World, as disturbing for them as they are for us. I believe she peered into the future and foresaw the end of everything that had meaning for her. She would no longer fit into the world without an explanation, everything would have to be translated, just as in my Old World the disruptions which are only beginning will end by sweeping all the ancient hierarachies, courtesies and protocols away. For it seems to me that their world is as much a disproof of ours as ours is of theirs. One of our advantages will be our ability to live and fight and destroy while remaining in doubt. But the doubt will gradually eat away at us. That is what I think.

– Ibid., p. 142

by turning into a bear before their eyes, I have made literal what should remain mysterious. Yes, yes, I think, I have always had a difficult time keeping in step with convention.

– Ibid., p. 143

When the New and the Old Worlds meet, first we exchange corpses.

– Ibid., p. 178

This is how we will all go in the end, dancing to some half-forgotten rhythm as the clockwork inside runs down.

– Ibid., p. 190

The mistake of theories of knowledge is that they postulate the contemporaneity of subject and object, whereas one is constituted only through the annihilation of the other.

– Gilles Deleuze, “Michel Tournier and the World Without Others,” Appendix II, The Logic of Sense, p. 349