Lacanian Review Online: The Dark Side

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When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do

(Leonard Cohen, The Partisan)
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28th November 2018

The Ironic Side of Identification

In “Never Any End to Paris”, Enrique Vila-Matas relates that he always admired Hemingway and wanted to be like him.

It does not matter if it is truth or fiction – very Lacanian – he says that all this is true because it was invented.

There are two ways of “being like him” in the book: “the right to believe that I look like him” and being “identical, even in a really stupid way.”[1]

There is a distance between believing in the similarity of looking alike and the stupidity of being identical.

Vila-Matas perceives that there is a dark side to identification.

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