Foucault as fictional character

MTL: What did the Michel Foucault character represent for you? Hope? An example? A dream?
AT: The man who worked for the “Salvation Army” in Geneva in the third part of the book looked exactly like French philosopher Michel Foucault. I have always been fascinated by Foucault. Not only intellectually but also physically. When I was 19 years old, I had this fantasy of being his student and perhaps more, his slave. My first name, Abdellah, means the “slave of God” in Arabic. Michel Foucault is a kind of god to me.


SALVATION ARMY By Abdellah Taïa Semiotexte ( ) $14.95; 160 pages “Salvation Army” is the first novel by Abdellah Taïa, acknowledged as modern Morocco’s first openly gay autobiographical writer. Now a resident of Paris, he is also the author of the non-fiction books “Mon Maroc” and “Le Rouge du Tarbouche,” as well as other works.

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2 Responses

  1. I must read this book.. so interesting news.. thanks

  2. It’s always fascinating that Michel had a physical presence in the sense that many of his contemporaries didn’t. Alluring as a mentor and always the opposite of what a scholarly intellectual should look like. But he was immediately aware of the irony that the sex/disciple/plato version of his identity (academic or otherwise) was what he chose to scrutinize. There’s a great interview in the Power/Knowledge book by Gordon when he talks about his dress sense and tastes. Something on the lines of (and I’m paraphrasing because i flogged the actual book!): “I like the economical white t-shirt, black leather jacket and blue jeans. Also American food.. a club sandwich and a coke..)

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