Deserter from Death: Dispatches from Western Europe 1950-2000

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A "deserter from death," Polish-born Daniel Singer narrowly escaped the Holocaust to become one of the left's leading social and political commentators of our time. Deserter from Death collects Singer's writing, from when he was a young correspondent for The Economist to his years at The Nation. Much of the material will be new (and a revelation) to Singer's followers, including his coverage of the Algerian crisis in the late fifties and the effervescent events of May '68. Deserter from Death is a social history ...

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Overview

A "deserter from death," Polish-born Daniel Singer narrowly escaped the Holocaust to become one of the left's leading social and political commentators of our time. Deserter from Death collects Singer's writing, from when he was a young correspondent for The Economist to his years at The Nation. Much of the material will be new (and a revelation) to Singer's followers, including his coverage of the Algerian crisis in the late fifties and the effervescent events of May '68. Deserter from Death is a social history of the past half-century, a memorial to one of our great correspondents, and a reminder of what we lost when we lost Daniel Singer. Showcasing Singer's writing over the course of his long and illustrious career, this collection is introduced by his old friend, the great polymath and intellectual George Steiner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560256427
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Nation Books
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's note
Preface
A deserter from death 1
In Europe, hope amid the ruins 8
On nationalism 13
A haunted journey 14
France's worker-priests 29
M. Poujade goes to town 32
M. Thorez survives 37
The French army 41
The Thorez succession 49
Faces of France 52
The importance of being Swiss 57
The general's secretary (or, Caligula's horse) 62
French communists : pathfinders or renegades? 69
Death of a salesman? 73
France's misdirected fury 79
The challenge from Algiers 83
Steps to the throne 88
The army's choice 94
Parisian panorama 99
Cinderella and the prince-president 108
Divided opposition 111
Gaullist landslide 115
The general's plan for Algeria 118
Algeria's communities 125
Charles and the kingmakers 132
Algerian leaders 137
Les Pieds au grand Soleil 143
Battle for peace 148
Postscript : the death of a legendary hero 151
Postscript : Algeria slides into civil war 157
Postscripts : battle of Algiers on Paris metro 165
Paris burns 175
France's cultural revolution 179
A revolution set alight by students, snuffed out by communists 183
The general charges into battle 188
From general strike to general elections 193
End of a phase 198
The end of the first act, not the final curtain 201
Hope was reborn in May 204
Postscript : the ghosts of May 211
A sad smile on the far left 221
Italy after the "miracle" 226
The bloody cul-de-sac 237
PCI - what's in a new name? 241
Fiddling while Rome smolders 249
Forza's destiny in Italy 259
The Silvio show 267
Italy's olive tree 270
Party line : a review of Louis Aragon : les communistes 275
Old men forget 277
The rise of the nouveaux liberals 280
Dancing on the grave of revolution 290
Exploiting a tragedy, or Le Rouge en Noir 298
Sartre's roads to freedom 306
The politics and the pity 317
Imagination has not yet taken power 323
The resistible rise of Jean-Marie Le Pen 331
In the heart of Le Pen country 338
The ghosts of nationalism 347
Hate in a warm climate 354
Death of a collaborator 363
The Euroleft, or, who's afraid of TINA? 371
Reports from Portugal 1974 383
Only a beginning ... France 1981 392
City of fight 395
Why we need a new manifesto 397
Seattle from the Seine 401
Europe : is there a fourth way? 404
Afterword : remembering Daniel Singer 411
The Daniel Singer Millennium Foundation prize 419
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