By Jean Guéhenno,David Ball
Jean Guéhenno's Diary of the darkish Years, 1940-1945 is the main oft-quoted piece of testimony on lifestyles in occupied France. A sharply saw checklist of daily existence less than Nazi rule in Paris and a sour statement on literary existence in these years, it has additionally been known as "a impressive essay on braveness and cowardice" (Caroline Moorehead, Wall highway Journal). right here, David Ball presents not just the 1st English-translation of this crucial historic record, but in addition the 1st ever annotated, corrected edition.
Guéhenno was once a well known political and cultural critic, left-wing yet no longer communist, and uncompromisingly anti-fascist. not like such a lot French writers throughout the career, he refused to pen a note for a publishing lower than Nazi keep an eye on. He expressed his highbrow, ethical, and emotional resistance during this diary: his disgrace on the Vichy government's collaboration with Nazi Germany, his contempt for its falsely patriotic reactionary ideology, his outrage at its anti-Semitism and its vilification of the Republic it had abolished, his horror at its more and more savage repression and his disgust together with his fellow intellectuals who stored on blithely writing approximately artwork and tradition as though the career didn't exist - let alone those that praised their new masters in prose and poetry. additionally a instructor of French literature, he continuously saw the youngsters he taught, occasionally saddened via their conformism yet regularly passionately attempting to encourage them with the values of the French cultural culture he enjoyed. Guéhenno's diary usually comprises his personal reflections at the nice texts he's educating, instilling them with certain which means within the context of the career. entire with meticulous notes and a biographical index, Ball's version of Guéhenno's epic diary bargains readers a deeper figuring out not just of the diarist's cultural allusions, but additionally of the dramatic, historical occasions wherein he lived.
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Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance, and Daily Life in Occupied Paris by Jean Guéhenno,David Ball