Dato: 14.09.2016 - 14.09.2016
Tid: 16:00 - 18:00
Sted: Teglverket, Det Akademiske Kvarter
Møteleder: Lovise Aspunvik
Is it possible to change your identity and construct a new self? The Bergen Student Society interviews author Édouard Louis, who has recounted his path of recreation in the autobiography En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule.
By saying goodbye to Eddy Bellegueule, Louis rids himself of his birth name as a symbol of leaving his former self. In becoming Édouard Louis, he was inspired by Marguerite Duras’ thoughts, from the book Lol Valerie Stein (1964), on how «for the first time my name pronounced does not name». Louis adopted a new identity and thus liberated himself from forces tying him to Eddy Bellegueule and his previous life.
According to Louis: «Occasionally, lies are more truthful than the truth. I was someone and then I had to become someone else. I lied about myself in order to create another version of me. The new me is far more truthful than the original,» (Aftenposten, 29.05.2015)
Although the change of identity seems intriguing, is it truly achievable?