The song of Zidane

Autumn 2007

This article discusses Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s “Le Mélancolie de Zidane”, an essay on Zidane’s headbutting of Marco Materazzi, noting that Toussaint’s works (both essayistic and novelistic) rely on disruption of narrative time and the creation of a hallucinatory atmosphere of potential violence. Ravindranathan suggests Jean Starobinski’s “La Mélancolie au Miroir”, as a means to understand Toussaint, tracing the relationship between melancholy and the mirror in Baudelaire.

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