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THE REPULSIVE CULT OF BONHEUR

THE REPULSIVE CULT OF BONHEUR A crust of indifference is slowly creeping up around me; a fact I state without complaint. It is a natural development, a way of beginning to grow inorganic. “The detachment of old age,” I think it’s called. It must be connected to a decisive turn in the relationship of the two instincts postulated by me. The change taking place is perhaps not very noticeable; everything is as interesting as it was before, neither are the ingredients very different, but some kind of resonance is lacking; unmusical as I am, I imagine the difference to be something like using or not using the pedal. These essays originally appeared in the volume I quarantanove gradini (Milan: Adelphi Edizioni, 1991). Common Knowledge 10:2 Original Italian-language copyright © 1991 by Adelphi Edizioni S.p.A., Milan, Italy English-language copyright © 2004 by Roberto Calasso Anna has already told you that I am working on something, and today I have written the last sentence that — so far as possible without a library —finished the work. It deals with civilization, a sense of guilt, happiness and similar lofty topics, and strikes me, no doubt rightly, as very superfluous, in contrast to earlier works, which always http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

THE REPULSIVE CULT OF BONHEUR

Common Knowledge , Volume 10 (2) – Apr 1, 2004

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2004 by Duke University Press
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0961-754X
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10.1215/0961754X-10-2-286
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A crust of indifference is slowly creeping up around me; a fact I state without complaint. It is a natural development, a way of beginning to grow inorganic. “The detachment of old age,” I think it’s called. It must be connected to a decisive turn in the relationship of the two instincts postulated by me. The change taking place is perhaps not very noticeable; everything is as interesting as it was before, neither are the ingredients very different, but some kind of resonance is lacking; unmusical as I am, I imagine the difference to be something like using or not using the pedal. These essays originally appeared in the volume I quarantanove gradini (Milan: Adelphi Edizioni, 1991). Common Knowledge 10:2 Original Italian-language copyright © 1991 by Adelphi Edizioni S.p.A., Milan, Italy English-language copyright © 2004 by Roberto Calasso Anna has already told you that I am working on something, and today I have written the last sentence that — so far as possible without a library —finished the work. It deals with civilization, a sense of guilt, happiness and similar lofty topics, and strikes me, no doubt rightly, as very superfluous, in contrast to earlier works, which always

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Published: Apr 1, 2004

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