According to Laurent Demanze, a professor of contemporary literature at the Université Grenoble Alpes, the narrative void created by the cuts is also in keeping with Carrère’s style. “His books often start and stop, they’re composed of a succession of unfinished attempts,” he says. “He then lends continuity to that, with deliberate cracks.”
Devynck and Carrère kept mum about their dispute when “Yoga” came out in August, but rumors soon circulated in France’s small, clubby literary community. Raphaëlle Leyris, a writer and editor for Le Monde des livres, the books supplement of the newspaper Le Monde, attributed the controversy in part to a “love of gossip” among the French cultural elite.
“I understand why Hélène Devynck chose to react when untruths were being said and printed,” Leyris said.
Devynck first disclosed the agreement in the French edition of Vanity Fair in late September. “Yoga,” which…