Douglas Johnson: French writers (1940-53), 15 November 2001
Show More La Guerre des écrivains 1940-53 by Gisèle Sapiro.
Fayard, 807 pp., frs 220, September 1999, 2 213 60211 5Show More
Correspondance: Marcel Arland – Jean Paulhan 1936-45 edited by Jean-Jacques Didier.
Gallimard, 397 pp., frs 140, March 2000, 2 07 075789 7Show More
Dialogue des ‘vaincus’: Prison de Clairvaux, janvier-décembre 1950 by Lucien Rebatet and Pierre-Antoine Cousteau, edited by Robert Belot.
Berg, 285 pp., frs 120, March 2000, 2 911289 22 6Show More
The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach by Alice Kaplan.
Chicago, 320 pp., £9.50, December 2000, 0 226 42415 4Show More
“... The historians who have argued that the continuities of French history count for more than its ruptures and revolutions have tended to avoid examining the disastrous year of 1940, when the Third Republic came to a bad end and the German Occupation began. These four books suggest that even this cataclysm can be fitted into the pattern of continuity. In her long and detailed examination of the way French writers behaved during the years from 1940 to 1953, Gisèle Sapiro shows that the disagreements and quarrels were much the same as before the defeat: the same arguments were to be heard, the same gestures were made, and often the same antagonists took further issue with each other ...”