The Diving-bell and the Butterfly
by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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The diary of Jean-Dominique Bauby who, with his left eyelid (the only muscular survivor after a massive stroke) dictated a remarkable book about his locked experiences inside his body.A masterpiece and best-seller in France, it is now a film directed by Julian Schnabel.On December 8,1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke and fell into a coma.When he regained consciousness three weeks later, the only muscle left to function was in his left eyelid, although his mind remained active and alert, as it had never been before.He spent most of 1996 writing this book, letter by letter, blinking his eyes as an alphabet was repeatedly read from him. “Scuba Diving, scuba diving and the Butterfly” was published in France on Thursday 6 March 1997.He was immediately hailed as a masterpieceAnd then, three days later, he died.Scuba diving, scuba diving and the Butterfly, which records Bauby’s solitary existence, is probably the most remarkable book on the triumph of the human spirit, the ability to invent a life for oneself in the most horrific circumstances, which you will have ever read.It has now been transformed into a magnificent film, directed by Julian Schnabel with Mathieu Amalric, who won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Palme d’ Or.
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