Marie Ottavi on her 2017 book JACQUES DE BASCHER: DANDY DE L’OMBRE:
“How do we go about telling the story of someone who left no traces, who did nothing with his life, who built nothing? It was an interesting challenge—first of all, because everyone told me that no one would speak to me about him… and secondly because it involved giving substance to a character that some believe had none. I remember someone telling me, ‘Why would you bother writing a book that will only be read by 200 gays in Paris?’ That comment remained with me throughout the entire writing process. I told myself that I needed to write this book not to sell tons of copies, but to tell the story of this man. And to prove that his story holds interest for more people than one might think.”*
MARIE OTTAVI—JACQUES DE BASCHER: DANDY DE L’OMBRE, Éditions Séguier, 2017.
Jacques de Bascher.