Jacques Jouet Translated by Emily Gogolak
JACQUES JOUET is a French writer and participating member of the Oulipo literary movement (l'Ouvroir de litteratture potentielle or "workshop of potential literature") since 1983. He works as a poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist and visual artist, and has published over sixty works in his career. With only three oeuvres available in English, Jouet remains one of France's best-kept literary secrets.
EMILY GOGOLAK is an undergraduate at Brown University, concentrating in Comparative Literature. She spent fall of 2010 studying at l'Universite de la Sorbonne in Paris, where she met the writer Jacques Jouet, and is taking the semester away from Brown to live in Tel Aviv and write for the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.
A supposition that, passing for the nth time by the place where Descartes lived at 14 rue Rollin not far from la Contrescarpe, and that even before arriving at the commemorative plaque I started to read out loud the inscribed line, from one of Renés letters to the princess Elisabeth de Bohème, that I learned by heart...