Adventures on the freedom road : the French intellectuals in the 20th Century /
Bernard-Henri Lévy ; translated from the French and edited by Richard Veasey.
London : Harvill Press, c1995.
xi, 433 p. ; 25 cm.
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London : Harvill Press, c1995.
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Translation of: Les aventures de la liberté.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 5
Great Hopes: The 1890s to the 1920s
"Our story begins in fact at the end of the last century": The Birth of the Intellectualp. 55
"A writer could and should on occasion give up creative writing": A Conversation with Claude Simonp. 58
"In a Montpellier cemetery": An Obsession with Paul Valeryp. 67
"The intellectual mentor of Blum and Proust": The Intellectual Legacy of Maurice Barresp. 72
"The racially different face": The Enigma of Barresp. 74
"That included even Jaures": An Answer to the Question: What is Left-Wing Anti-Semitism?p. 81
"... almost reduced the country to open warfare": The Voice of Francois Mauriacp. 85
"First, there was Bernard Lazare"p. 87
"From his office as Librarian at the Ecole normale": The Mediatorsp. 89
"Other, too, such as Genevoix, but especially Romain Rolland": Concerning an Injustice, Followed by a Conversation with Romain Garyp. 93
"Horrified by the killing": Alain and his Disciplesp. 99
"Spiritual deserters, European defeatists": A Conversation with Pierre Navillep. 101
"The virulence of what they wrote had been forgotten": The Executionersp. 109
"The ancien regime of the intellect": Final Thoughts on the Surrealistsp. 114
"A group of young philosophers": A Conversation with Henri Lefebvrep. 131
"... not to judge the past in terms of current prejudices": A Question of Methodp. 139
"The new religion"p. 141
"Then there was the horror": My Holy Familyp. 144
Days of Contempt: The 1920s to 1945
"One of those disappointed followers of Maurras": Clavel, Boutang and the Role of L'Action Francaisep. 149
"Pierre Drieu La Rochelle"p. 155
"Berlin had come to Paris": A Conversation with myself on the Subject of Cocteaup. 73
"Lynchings and the Kristallnacht": Two or Three Things Which Our Collaborators Knewp. 180
"The vital adventure which had been initiated by the Vichy regime": Final Remarks About Mounierp. 185
"Amongst writers of some reputation": A Word or Two About Giraudouxp. 189
"Breton and Bataille"p. 190
"Acephale": Bataille and Fascismp. 192
"That strange secret society": A Conversation with Pierre Klossowskip. 194
"... about which very little is known": A Meeting with Michel Leirisp. 198
"The "College de Sociologie": Bataille Or Caillois?p. 209
"This new breed of writers": Malraux in Spainp. 211
"Paul Nothomb": Malraux in Spain, Continuedp. 215
"This crime which cast its shadow across events": Malraux Againp. 226
"... to New York, like the surrealists": A Conversation with Claude Levi-Straussp. 227
"Once he was freed from captivity": New Thoughts About Sartrep. 231
"A latecomer to the Resistance": Malraux and Josette Clotisp. 239
"... whether a writer was responsible for crimes which he had not committed": Robert Brasillachp. 241
Lost Illusions: 1945 to the 1960s
"Colette Peignot, the legendary beauty": Some Remarks on the Role, in Literature, of Women Who Weren't Writersp. 245
"Bukharin": Andre Gide's Failed Meetingp. 252
"A strange regression": The Cost of Politics to Writersp. 254
"At the same time Aragon reigned supreme": The Advantage for a Great Writer in Being a Communistp. 259
"The aesthetic obscurantism of the Party": What if Picasso Didn't Always Show Genius?p. 271
"Billancourt shouldn't be driven to despair": Another Legendp. 272
"Andre Malraux, who appeared to turn his back on the ideals of his youth"p. 274
"All Saints' Night": A Comment on the Possible Worthiness of the French Algerian Causep. 286
"Aron declared himself": Raymond Aron and Algeriap. 290
"In this new crusade": Mauriac and Algeriap. 300
"Between justice and his mother": For Albert Camusp. 302
"As at the time of the anti-fascist movement": A Conversation with Francis Jeansonp. 306
"121 rebellious intellectuals": After Receiving A Letter from Maurice Blanchotp. 317
"In the promised land": Israel in Europep. 320
The Demise of the Prophets: the 1960s to the 1990s
"That same incurable fascination with youth": Final Thoughts on the Cult of Youthp. 325
"Danton, what a claim!": Letters to Regis Debrayp. 333
"The structural revolution": Is it Possible not to be a Hegelian When Engaging in the History of Ideas?p. 343
"Naked revolt in the lycees": How Hatred Affected People's Thinkingp. 348
"Terrifying young men": Concerning Benny Levyp. 352
"A desire for saintliness"p. 357
"It's not altogether clear by what miracle France was spared": Leading Intellectuals Against Terrorismp. 359
"Revolution reduced to its purest state"p. 361
"What if the revolutionary dream was an intrinsically barbaric one?": Michel Foucaultp. 364
"In forcing people out of Phnom Penh": Proof in Cambodiap. 374
"The towering and exemplary figure of Alexander Solzhenitsyn"p. 376
"The wholesale demise of the intellectual": Roland Barthes: Fragments of a Friendly Conversationp. 379
"It was crumbling and would leave not a trace behind": The End of Communism?p. 386
"The last of those intellectual leaders, Louis Althusser"p. 392
Biographical notesp. 409
Bibliographyp. 415
Acknowledgementsp. 417
Indexp. 419
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