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The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly

by Jean-dominique Bauby

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LoveReading View on The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly

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.

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly Synopsis

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.

 

The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly Press 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

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ISBN: 9780007139842
Publication date: 05/02/2007
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)

ISBN: 9780007139842
Publication date: 07/05/2002
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007139842
Publication date: 7th May 2002
Author: Jean-dominique Bauby
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Autobiography: general, Coping with disability,

About Jean-dominique Bauby

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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