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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - (Vintage International) by Jean-Dominique Bauby (Paperback)

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  • A triumphant memoir by the former editor-in-chief of French Elle that reveals an indomitable spirit and celebrates the liberating power of consciousness.
  • About the Author: JEAN-DOMINIQUE BAUBY was born in France in 1952.
  • 144 Pages
  • Biography + Autobiography, Personal Memoirs
  • Series Name: Vintage International

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About the Book



In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the witty, gregarious editor of French "Elle", suffered a stroke that left him totally paralyzed, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. By doing so, he was able to compose this book--at once a record of appalling suffering and a testament to the endurance of the human spirit.



Book Synopsis



A triumphant memoir by the former editor-in-chief of French Elle that reveals an indomitable spirit and celebrates the liberating power of consciousness.

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young children, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem.

After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail: dictating a word at a time, blinking to select each letter as the alphabet was recited to him slowly, over and over again. In the same way, he was able eventually to compose this extraordinary book.

By turns wistful, mischievous, angry, and witty, Bauby bears witness to his determination to live as fully in his mind as he had been able to do in his body. He explains the joy, and deep sadness, of seeing his children and of hearing his aged father's voice on the phone. In magical sequences, he imagines traveling to other places and times and of lying next to the woman he loves. Fed only intravenously, he imagines preparing and tasting the full flavor of delectable dishes. Again and again he returns to an "inexhaustible reservoir of sensations," keeping in touch with himself and the life around him.

Jean-Dominique Bauby died two days after the French publication of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. This book is a lasting testament to his life.



Review Quotes




"The book's tone, in Jeremy Leggatt's translation, is dominated by a sweet, even humorous, lyricism." --The New York Times

"The real poignancy of these pieces is their ordinariness, [and their] moments of extraordinary sadness and beauty." --Publishers Weekly



About the Author



JEAN-DOMINIQUE BAUBY was born in France in 1952. He attended school in Paris. After working as a journalist for a number of years, Bauby became the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine in Paris in 1991. On December 8, 1995 he had a stroke which left him with the condition known as locked-in syndrome. Bauby died on March 9, 1997, two days after the French publication of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. He was the father of two children, Theophile and Celeste.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.1 Inches (W) x .5 Inches (D)
Weight: .3 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Series Title: Vintage International
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Number of Pages: 144
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby
Language: English
Street Date: June 23, 1998
TCIN: 11339653
UPC: 9780375701214
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-7955
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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