What does it mean to be a writer? What does it mean to experience the desire to write? What do we mean by a literary language? Which are the links to that gather theory, critical thinking and creative writing? What are the goals of literature? How can we define modernity? And perhaps also: what is friendship? Roland Barthes as well as Alain Robbe-Grillet have never ceased to asked this kind of questions during more than three decades: to themselves, of course, but also to one another. This book reconstructs the fascinating trajectory of their answers while patiently following the sinuous changes of a literary friendship whose echoes can still be heard today.
A thrilling introduction to the intellectual effervescence of the second half of the last century, which makes us feel an irresistible blow of freedom and which reminds us of the fact that literature is, according to Roland Barthes, “what makes the world breathe”.