Frontières – Robert Lévesque

[Fall 2001]

This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page.

Lévesque quotes a poem by Lamartine to show that, from century to century, idealism collides with the notion of borders, the historical factor in wars and deaths. His text, inhabited by the figures of Gauguin, Camus, Barrès, Jacques Parizeau, Pessoa, Koltès, Rimbaud, and Ariel Sharon, is pessimistic. He notes that borders – geographical and mental, cultural and psychotic, technological, financial – are still tightly closed. The way to neutralize their lethal power, he writes, is to always feel and put oneself on the other side – something that has its own risks and perils.