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The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-dominique Bauby
  

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly

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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.

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The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-dominique Bauby

On 8 December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke and slipped into a coma. When he regained consciousness three weeks later, the only muscle left functioning was in his left eyelid although his mind remained as active and alert as it had ever been. He spent most of 1996 writing this book, letter by letter, blinking as an alphabet was repeatedly read out to him. ‘The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly’ was published in France on Thursday 6th March 1997. It was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. And then, three days later, he died.

‘The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly’, which records Bauby’s lonely existence, is probably the most remarkable book about the triumph of the human spirit, the ability to invent a life for oneself in the most appalling of circumstances, that you will ever read.

It has now been made into a captivating film, directed by Julian Schnabel and starring Mathieu Amalric, which was the winner of the award for Best Director at Cannes and nominated for the Palm d’Or.

Reviews

‘Everyone in the country should own at least one copy.’ Guardian

‘The most extraordinary book of the year.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Read this book and fall back in love with life.’ Edmund White

About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th May 2002

Author

Jean-dominique Bauby

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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
144 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Autobiography: general
Coping with disability

ISBN

9780007139842

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