Friday, January 07, 2011

Knowing the enemy

By Greg Prince

This isn't exactly new news, but the book taking France by storm is a short (13 pages) call to arms against the real enemies of the day.

The Independent reports:

Take a book of just 13 pages, written by a relatively obscure 93-year-old man, which contains no sex, no jokes, no fine writing and no startlingly original message. A publishing disaster? No, a publishing phenomenon.

Indignez Vouz! (Cry Out!), a slim pamphlet written by a wartime French resistance hero, St├ęphane Hessel, is smashing all publishing records in France. The book urges the French, and everyone else, to recapture the wartime spirit of resistance to the Nazis by rejecting the "insolent, selfish" power of money and markets and by defending the social "values of modern democracy".

It doesn't exist in translation yet, I haven't found it as an eBook, and thus far the only source I've found domestically is here. But it sounds like it'll be worth a read.

I prefer to not read large quantities in French, and I'd prefer the electronic version, but lacking those options and at only 13 pages I'm tempted to purchase sooner rather than later.

You may like it as well. If you don't read French, it's sure to be available in translation soon.

(Cross-posted from Greg Prince's Blog.)

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