On Robert Antelme's The Human Race: Essays and Commentary

On Robert Antelme's The Human Race: Essays and Commentary

by Daniel Dobbels, Robert Antelme
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810160641

ISBN-13: 9780810160644

Pub. Date: 09/10/2003

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Rescued in 1945 from Dachau—where François Mitterand, his onetime comrade in the resistance, recognized him among the thousands of quarantined prisoners—Robert Antelme set out to do what seemed "unimaginable," to describe not only his experience but the humanity of his captors. The result, The Human Race, was called by George Perec "the finest

Overview

Rescued in 1945 from Dachau—where François Mitterand, his onetime comrade in the resistance, recognized him among the thousands of quarantined prisoners—Robert Antelme set out to do what seemed "unimaginable," to describe not only his experience but the humanity of his captors. The result, The Human Race, was called by George Perec "the finest example in contemporary French writing of what literature can be."

In this volume, the extraordinary nature and extent of Robert Antelme's accomplishment, and of the reverberations he set in motion in French life and literature, finds eloquent expression. The pieces Antelme wrote for journals—including essays on "principles put to the test," man as the "basis of right," and the question of revenge—appear here alongside appreciations of The Human Race by authors from Perec to Maurice Blanchot to Sarah Kofman. Also included are Antelme's personal recollections and interviews with, among others, Dionys Mascolo (who brought Antelme back from Dachau), Marguerite Duras (Antelme's wife, who tells of his return from Germany), and Mitterand.
Also available: Antelme's The Human Race

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810160644
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
09/10/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Mankind Never Abandoned; Writings of Robert Antelme
1. The Smiling Angel
2. Revenge
3. Poor Man - Proletarian - Deportee
4. Principles Put to the Test
5. Man as the Basis of Right
6. Testimony of the Camps and Poetry
7. Two Poems by Maurice Honel
8. Poems
9. Somebody Stole my Bread
10. On The Writing of the Disaster by Maurice Blanchot
Part II: The Presence of The Human Race
1. In the Night that is Watched Over, Maurice Blanchot
2. The Human Race, Maurice Blanchot
3. Hollows in the Face, Jean-Pierre Faye
4. Man's Property/Propriety, Fethi Benslama
5. Thinking Death, Leslie Kaplan
6. Dead-End, Michel Surya
7. Rising up Against What is There, Claude Rabaut
8. Robert Antelme's Two Sentences, Jean-Luc Nancy
9. Man Naked, Myriam Revault d'Allonnes
10. The Intereuption - The Interminable, Roger Laporte
11. Antelme's Hands, Sarah Kofman
12. Poems, Martine Broda
13. Moscow, December 1, Philippe Lacour-Labarthe
14. In a Petrified World, Gerard Rabinovitch
15. Robert Antlme and the Truth of Literature, Georges Perec
16. Truth as it is, Francis Marmande
17. Fitness, Claude Miniere
18. We Are Free, Francois Dominique
19. The Human Race, Jean Roudaut
20. The Ultimate Common Thing we Possess, Olivier Kaeppelin
21. The Body's Luck, Daniel Dobbels
22. A Letter from Andre du Bouchet
Part III: Discussion, Interviews, Testimonials
1. Epigraph, Maurice Blanchot
2. In the Company of Robert Antelme: Interviews with Georges Beauchamps, Marguerite Duras, Dionys Mascolo, Francois Metterrand, Edgar Morin, Maurice Nadeau, Claude Roy
3. Postscript, Claude Roy
4. Testimonials by Louis-René des Forêts, Jean-Louis Schefer, Robert Gallimard, Jacques Pimpaneau, Dow Dowling, and Thomas Regnier.
Robert Antelme, Biographical Information
partial Bibliography
Footnotes

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