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Title:
War, evil, and the end of history
Author:
Lévy, Bernard-Henri.
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Réflexions sur la guerre, le mal et la fin de l'histoire. English
Publication Information:
Hoboken, N.J. : Melville House Pub., [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xxiii, 371 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The black diamonds of Angola -- The long march of the tigers -- The end of history in Bujumbura? -- The headaches of Carlos Castaûo -- The pharaoh and the Nuba.
ISBN:
9780971865952
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Book

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Bernhard explores the story of those who decided to convert to Islam in response to the horrific September 11 attacks. Interviewing converts - a handsome, blue-eyed Californian, a middle-aged Jewish professor and a trendy 20-something in Tribeca - as well as charismatic imams and security experts, Bernhard investigates this unexpected subculture and asks what its repercussions might be.


Author Notes

BERNARD-HENRI LÉVY is one of France's most famous philosophers and one of the bestselling writers in Europe. One of the world's preeminent journalists, he began his career as a war reporter for Combat, the famous underground newspaper founded by Camus. Lévy covered the war between Pakistan and India over Bangladesh. His 1977 book Barbarism With a Human Face caused the kind of sensation that Camus' The Rebel incited in the 1950's, and since then, Lévy's novels and essays have continued to stir up such excitement that The Guardian recently noted he is "accorded the kind of adulation in France that most countries reserve for their rock stars."


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Publisher's Weekly Review

One of France's most celebrated intellectuals and author of the French bestseller Who Killed Daniel Pearl? reports on five currently forgotten or marginalized war zones-Angola, Sri Lanka, Burundi, Colombia and the Sudan-and elaborates his eyewitness accounts with philosophizing about genocide, terrorism and the nature of history. The first part is philosophical travelogue, richly descriptive and highly visual in style. A lyrical yet disciplined commentator, Levy teases out the underlying logic and cultural specificity of each site of devastation. Human encounters, such as a meeting with a young female Tamil would-be suicide bomber on the run or an interview with a jittery Marxist-Leninist revolutionary leader in Colombia, are full of intelligent observation. The two million dead of Sudan haunt the ghost towns Levy describes, and he never spares us details of atrocities. Burundi, a scene of total desolation, comes to represent his degree zero of despair. In the book's second part, the author mingles his intellectual autobiography (early Maoist activism, his first war reporting in Bangladesh) with essays on Hegelian definitions of history, the philosophy of ruins, war nostalgia, dehumanization, the laws of war and self-reflexive musings on the role of journalism. In these stylishly fragmented discussions he draws on readings in Nietzsche, Sartre, Bataille, Benjamin, Levinas and Foucault as well as on fiction and film. Mandell's translation preserves a singularly French style of lofty questioning that some readers may find slightly dizzying, even while they glean much from his erudite contemplation of the developing world's most tragic regions. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Prefacep. XIII
Author's Notep. XXV
The Damnedp. 1
Forewordp. 3
1 The Black Diamonds of Angolap. 9
2 The Long March of the Tigersp. 29
3 The End of History in Bujumbura?p. 51
4 The Headaches of Carlos Castanop. 71
5 The Pharaoh and the Nubap. 91
Reflexionsp. 111
Endnotesp. 367