[Paris]: Gallimard, . First Trade Edition. The French poet and essayist's journal kept over the course of 1977 to 1982, covering time spent in Italy, Greece, and China, and concluding with a lung cancer diagnosis in the summer of 1982. This copy inscribed and signed to Roy's fellow intellectual Susan Sontag, with whom he had at least a couple of encounters, one of which she recorded in her own diary (though he not in his), on the occasion of the Venice Biennale in 1977. Of Roy Sontag wrote "He is tired. He's known everybody" (Susan Sontag, "As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh" (2012), p. 439). Nevertheless, after receiving his diagnosis, Roy lived on for another fifteen years, during which he published five more volumes of diaries, as well as seven poetry collections, one for which he was awarded the Prix Goncourt for Poetry in 1985. Octavo (20.5cm.); publisher's glossy cream card wrappers printed in red and black, original belly-band ; 357pp. Light shelf wear, read spine lettering slightly faded, else Very Good or better. Inscribed and signed by the author on front free endpaper: "Pour Susan Sontag qui m'a aidé et m'aide à en sortir / avec la sympathie de Claude Roy." Laid in is a 1984 membership card for the Pen American Center, possibly where the inscription was made, Sontag later serving as the organization's president from 1987 to 1989.