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Richard G. Klein notes : Le Malentendu sometimes published as ‘Cross Purpose’, is also a play written in 1943 in occupied France by Albert Camus. It focuses on Camus’ idea of The Absurd. The plot: A man who has been living overseas for many years returns home to find his sister and widowed mother are making a living by taking in lodgers and murdering them. Since neither his sister nor his mother recognize him, he becomes a lodger himself without revealing his identity.

Originally published in French:

Dissolution! Le Malentendu

Ornicar Numero 22‐23 Printemp 1981, pp. 11‐14

English translation :

Translators 1) Joseph Sims & Bracha Lichtenberg‐Ettinger 2) Unknown 3) Anthony Chadwick

See /Lacan (77. AUTRES ÉCRITS – Dissolution—June 10, 1980; Le Malentendu)

Related texts :

Some are available on this site,, or go to for Jacques Lacan’s text in English as at December 2022.

/Letter of dissolution : 5th January 1980 : Jacques Lacan

/The Other is Missing [The Other lacks] : 15th January 1980 : Jacques Lacan

/Letter to Le Monde : 24th January 1980 : Jacques Lacan

/Dissolution! Lumière! (Light) : 15th April 1980 : Jacques Lacan

/Dissolution! The Misunderstanding or Misapprehension : Paris, 10th June 1980 : Jacques Lacan

Further texts

Dossier on the Institutional Debate, An Introduction : 1990 : Joan Copjec, or