When a book is ‘written’ by a paralysed man flickering one eyelid, it might seem that the fact of writing is more remarkable than the book itself. Not when that book is The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly.
On 8 December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke and slipped into a coma. This book records Bauby's lonely existence, and talks about the triumph of the human spirit, and the ability to invent a life for oneself in the most appalling of circumstances.
‘Everyone in the country should own at least one copy.’ The Guardian
‘One of the great books of the century.’ Financial Times
Publication date: 05/02/2007
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||5th February 2007|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Autobiography: general, Coping with disability,|
Jean-Dominique Bauby was born in France in 1952. He attended school in Paris. After working as a journalist for a number of years, Bauby became the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine in Paris in 1991. On December 8, 1995 he had a stroke which left him with the condition known as locked-in syndrome. Bauby died on March 9, 1997. He was the father of two children, Theophile and Celeste.More About Jean-dominique Bauby