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• Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories, translated by Chris Turner (London and New York: Verso, 1990), 234 pp., £29. 95 (hardback), £11.95 (paperback)
RUTH BARCAN
Pages 6

Cool Memories, a recent work by Jean Baudrillard, is a literary postscript-a diary written after the end of everything. It opens with Baudrillard’s announcement that he is now playing in extra time. Having seen the most beautiful place he will ever see, having met the most beautiful woman he will ever meet, he is resolved to dwindle, peak and pine:

It is [also] probable that I have written the one-or two-best books I shall ever write. They are done with. And it is most unlikely that a second burst of inspiration will alter this irreversible fact. This is where the rest of life begins.