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Two prominent French writers who have been married for 30 years, Philippe Sollers and Julia Kristeva, discuss their attitude to infidelity

By Philippe Sollers   October 1996

Le nouvel observateur

8th-14th August 1996

Philippe Sollers

I do not like the systematic reduction of infidelity to a sexual matter. For me, fidelity is a kind of shared childhood, a form of innocence. If we lose this innocence, then we become unfaithful. Love affairs, passions, and the rest do not count for me. People really become unfaithful when their relationship becomes too rigid, when they become serious to the point of resentment. True infidelity is a kind of intellectual betrayal. I am against being open about one’s love affairs. I am against the type of contract of total…

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