(james benedict brown) on the road

A photograph of Felix Guattari’s grave

Posted in Posts by James Benedict Brown on 31 October, 2010

This is a photograph of the grave of Felix Guattari, the French philosopher and psychoanalyst (1930 – 1992). He’s buried in the Cimetiere Pere Lachaise in eastern Paris. A few moments before chancing upon his grave, while sitting on a park bench admiring the autumn colours, we were approached by a rather crass American girl who demanded whether a) we spoke English and b) we knew where Chopin was. We did speak English (nonetheless assuming the reluctance of a Parisian when asked that question in English) but we did not know where Chopin was. She strode off, barely stopping for breath, beckoning on a more reluctant group of grave hunters.

We mused about the tendencies of human beings to take pleasure in collecting things (stamps, train numbers, gravestones) and scoffed a little bit to make ourselves feel superior. Then we stumbled across Guattari’s modest grave and we melted into idiotic philosophy fandom. So in addition to the photograph of the grave, here’s a photograph of me taking a photograph of the grave. Analyse that, cochons.

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  1. Martín said, on 5 January, 2015 at 20:57

    It´s really nice to read something about Félix Guattari. I’m planning to visit that cemetery because of him. Can you tell me where is the grave? there is no information in the official website.. I’ll appreciate it. Thank you.

  2. James Benedict Brown said, on 5 January, 2015 at 21:10

    Hello Martín. I’m afraid it was a long time ago and it was on a long rhizomatic walk ;) I believe a map may be available from the cemetary office but I cant remember. Sorry!


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