As a beginning teacher in the Department of Psychoanalysis at Vincennes University in 1974, I had the opportunity to ask Dr Lacan a question that I will summarize thusly: is the death wish to be situated with the desire to sleep or the desire to be awake? Dr Lacan, who was seated at his desk, remained silent, and I had already given up hope of hearing him on this question when, after half an hour, he gave me his answer in a quite deliberative fashion so that I could take the most complete notes possible. It’s the transcription of these notes that I am delivering here. Catherine Millot

Published in L’Âne, 1981, No 3, p.3

In translation by Anthony Chadwick, published bilingual at /Lacan (89. Reponse à une question de Catherine Millot improvisation: desir de mort, reve et reveil)

Published bilingual, translated by Philip Dravers, reviewed by Florencia F.C. Shanahan, in The Lacanian Review No 15 – “Cut”, Winter/February 2024, p19-23. Available at /Lacan (19740101)

Citations & Quotes

P2 of Anthony Chadwick’s translation : The Réveil (Awakening) from the Rêve (Dream) or th’Esp of a Rêve (Dream) : January 2019 : Éric Laurent. See this site /5 Other Authors A-Z (Laurent or Index of Authors) or /Laurent