Coming soon: Hervé Guibert’s To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life

26 April 2021

We are thrilled to be publishing To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, a ‘hugely significant autobiographical novel about queer friendship, gay life and the early days of the AIDS crisis’ by French writer and photographer Hervé Guibert (1955-1991) on the Serpent’s Tail Classics list this July.

To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life will feature a newly commissioned foreword by Maggie Nelson, an introduction from Frieze editor Andrew Durbin and an afterword from Edmund White in a translation by Linda Coverdale.

Nelson said: “It’s an absolute honour to write an introduction to Hervé Guibert’s To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, which is one of the most important books to me (my intro will try to explain why). Its reprint is a cause for celebration and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Dunnigan said: “To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life is a book that, once read, will live with you for a long time. Guibert’s story of a friendship betrayed and of living with AIDS is devastating, darkly funny and full of tenderness, and speaks to that ‘borderline of uncertainty, so familiar to all sick people everywhere’.

“His razor-sharp writing, visceral honesty and irreverent confrontation with death make this an unforgettable and heartbreaking book of lasting importance. Thirty years after it was first published, we are so proud to be bringing this special book back to Serpent’s Tail – its brilliance should attract lots of attention and many new readers.”

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