Raymond Federman is Gone
Raymond Federman, famed post-modernist surfictionist, creator of critifiction, died Tuesday, October 6. He’d been fighting cancer for over a year. He will be missed.
Oddly, this French citizen who had adopted America never found the kind of wide fame he enjoyed in Europe, where his books were hearlded in Italy, Germnay, Spain, France and England…in the US, he remained somewhat obscure, somewhat of a cult writer publishing with the small presses such as Fiction Collectice, Starcherone Books, and Sun and Moon Press…
He knew Samuel Beckett while in France and published extensively on Beckett. In his personal papers are Beckett manuscript never published.
I have been quite influenced by his theory of critifiction, and have published a number of critifictional works taking after the theory.
While he and I were not close friends — I was never a student of his — we ran in the same circles, crossed paths a lot over the years, emailed now and then, and I have read his work as it had come out…