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Un Incontrole [i.e., Jean-Claude Lutanie]. Protestation Devant les Libertaires du Present et du Futur sur les Capitulations de 1980. Paris: Imprimerie Speciale Parisienne, 19 June 1981. 84 p.; 20.5 x 15.cm; black wrappers with red sticker stating title in black.

For a long time, the author of this little-known pamphlet remained a mystery- even to Situationist scholars (see Gonzalvez 183). Indeed, the text “was only signed with the word Incontrôlé (“Uncontrolled”), didn’t bear the name of any publisher, and was printed on stolen paper.” Nearly 30 years later, the mystery was lifted when the text was reissued by Editions Lutanie – a small publishing house named after the pamphlet’s author, Jean-Claude Lutanie – in 2011. The 300 copies quickly sold out.

This text is important in the context of Situationist politics. In the words of the editors of the 2011 edition: “The Protest above all testifies to a disappointment with respect to situationist thought and its ‘youthful, unkept promises.’ Lutanie essentially takes aim at Debord, accusing him, if not of jealousy for a radicalism of which he was quite incapable, although he claimed it, then at least bad faith in his affirmation that the group [Action directe] was manipulated by the State.” Cf. Debord’s letter to Kloosterman dated 13 July 1981: “I have asked Gérard [Lebovici] to send you a copy of a short, very shady pamphlet (…) which, it seems to me, must be read with great attention (http://www.notbored.org/debord-29August1981.html)

Not seen in the trade; the only OCLC copy we could find is at the Labadie library at the University of Michigan

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