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Published: 31 July 2014

336 Pages | 15 b/w photos


ISBN: 9780199970865

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Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944

Jean Guehenno and David Ball

  • This the first time this diary, the most quoted piece of testimony on life in occupied France-particularly Paris and its literary world-has been translated into English. It is a record of day-to-day life in Nazi-occupied Paris, and, since the author was a man of letters, a bitter commentary on literary life in those years. This is the first time an annotated, corrected edition (dates, etc.) has been published anywhere. The explanatory notes enable the reader to fully understand what was going on during those years.
  • The author was a crusading man of letters, well known at the time, an uncompromising opponent of collaboration with the Nazis, and a dedicated teacher of French thought and literature, who resisted the pressure to conform to the French collaborationist government and the Nazi-controlled publishing industry with all his strength-something that was not so common in his milieu. All this comes out in his diary, "a remarkable essay on courage and cowardice. " (Caroline Moorehead, Wall Street Journal.)

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