'Form resists him': the event of Zidane's melancholy

Autumn 2007

This article is a reading of Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s “Le Mélancolie de Zidane”, an essay on Zidane’s headbutting of Marco Materazzi, suggesting that for Toussaint Zidane’s actions resist reading or interpretation. Bewes argues that this resembles the work of a writer of fiction, visible in Toussaint’s novels, expressing melancholy and discomfort with closure and with form. Both Toussaint and Zidane, Bewes suggests, are ultimately fleeing the principles of signification, ontology, and history.

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