Foi sans Défaut

Looking for commentary on Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, a writer I had not previously read (but do now own a novel by), I found a brief, but very good essay by Philippe Sollers which included this paragraph that I found understandably interesting:

Le suicide, pour Drieu, est une “foi sans défaut”, une religion d’immortalité nourrie par une méditation intense à partir de la métaphysique indienne. On tue le Moi, on rejoint le Soi, pas de Dieu, pas de péché, la possibilité d’une “merveille” à la portée de chacun. La dernière journée de Drieu à Paris, sur les boulevards ou aux Tuileries, est inoubliable. Il va rentrer chez lui, avaler du “luminal” et ouvrir le gaz, il a toujours mené, sans que personne s’en doute, “une vie libre et dérobée” (beaucoup de bordels), il fait l’éloge de la solitude : “Je prête à la solitude toutes sortes de vertus qu’elle n’a pas toujours ; je la confonds avec le recueillement et la méditation, la délicatesse de cœur et d’esprit, la sévérité vis-à-vis de soi-même tempérée d’ironie, l’agilité à comparer et à déduire.”

One thought on “Foi sans Défaut

  1. Read his Le Feu Follet et Adieu à Gonzague a few years ago. Sollers writes movingly about Drieu’s suicide but I am not sure his analysis is quite right. Obviously Malraux could have helped him but he did risk the death Penalty for his collaboration…
    That said, Drieu was an excellent writer, which made his writing in favour of the Nazis all the more dangerous.
    Celine too was a great writer but he escaped to Germany before the victors could catch him.
    Sollers has written a beautiful article but in 1945 things looked a bit different.

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