An eminent Parisian intellectual, gay and politically progressive, from a conservative, working -- class provincial family, Didier Eribon has written a book that will be of great interest to those concerned with questions of social class, sexuality, and intellectual community. Returning to Reims is a fascinating and courageous account of how one of France's leading writers has negotiated a complex, frequently conflicted confluence of social and psychic identities. -- Leo Bersani, author of Homos and coauthor of Intimacies This intensely personal account of Didier Eribon's family is a fascinating and compelling read...The book is beautifully written (and as beautifully translated). It is at once pleasureable and edifying to read. -- Joan W. Scott, Institute for Advanced Study
Didier Eribon, Professor of Sociology at the University of Amiens, is well known for his groundbreaking biography, Michel Foucault, first published in 1989. He is also the author of Insult and the Making of the Gay Self, as well as numerous other books of critical theory.
This is a beautiful book about suppression, losing touch with your roots, and regaining balance. * Art in America *