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 Literature in Politics, War, and Revolution

A sampling of reviews published during the wartime periods of World War I and World War II shows writers' reactions to the dramatic political events. Similarly, small magazines published during the student revolution of May 1968 had very limited print runs but their demand for change is loud and clear.




« Printemps de guerre » in Vivre, no. 5 (May 1917)

 

 

Bertrand Russell, « La guerre et la non résistance, » tr. Jean Nicod, La Forge (May 1919)

 

 

 

« La guerre et la non résistance, » p.337, La Forge

 

 

 

 

Paul Éluard (1895-1952),
Poésie et vérité, a brochure of poems published in 1942 during the Occupation.

Liberté …Sur mes cahiers d’écolier
Sur mon pupître et les arbres
Sur la sable sur la neige
J’écris ton nom …

 

« Le Dauphin » (Georges Pompidou), L’Intrus, no. 12 (April 7, 1966).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narcisse Lavigne (probably a pseudonym) distributed several issues of his journal about political life in Paris after the student revolution of May 1968, leading eventually to the resignation of President Charles de Gaulle. There were 30 copies of each issue. Typical comments: « La terreur intellectuelle s’installe à la Sorbonne » (October 1968); « Mai 68 a cassé les reins au gaullisme. Il serait humain de l’achever » (April 1969). De Gaulle resigned on April 28.