Lacan was without illusions as to the nature of the book. What
is the page for the writer but “‘the turd of his fantasy’? Publication Lacan referred to in an untranslatable pun as “‘poubellication” [poubelleis French for trash—trans.]. A contemporary of Samuel Beckett, Lacan understood the meaning of the trashcan.
The cradle of waste, the gathering-place of garbage, the trashcan,
sublimated, became something grandiose. But a book could also
become a piece of shit, something many books are judged to be.

THE LIVES AND LEGENDS OF JACQUES LACAN
Catherine Clément

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