«[Pierre Bayard] a distinguished professor of literature at Paris University has become a bestselling author with a work explaining how he comments authoritatively on books that he failed to finish, has forgotten or has never read. (...) “It’s possible to have a passionate conversation about a book that one has not read, including, perhaps especially, with someone else who has not read it. “The discourse on books that have not been read places us at the heart of a creative process which leads us to their origin,” he says in his work, Comment Parler des Livres que l’on n’a pas Lus.
His top tips
How to talk about a book you have never read:
Avoid precise details. Put aside rational thought. Let your sub-conscience express your personal relationship with the work
How to review a book:
Put it in front of you, close your eyes and try to perceive what may interest you about it. Then write about yourself »
Confesso não ter ainda lido o livro do Dr. Bayard. Mas coloquei-o diante de mim, fechei os olhos, deixei o meu subconsciente expressar a minha relação pessoal com ele, e estou pronto para arriscar o seguinte: o livro é pestilento, provoca dores de cabeça, e tem dois erros de sintaxe na página 78.