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Le Monde des LivresFinally, Bernard-Henri Lévy has produced another in his wonderful series. In this collection of essays, writers from a dozen countries address the provocative question, What Good Are Intellectuals? A principle of uncertainty and a throbbing hesitation, not only as to the role to be played but as to the status and the identity of the intellectual, comes to light in these remarks.
Each writer talks from the context of his own country and his perception of the international environment. For some, like Algerian Aicha Lemsine, what must be affirmed is the urgency of thinking, acting, and defending against a proven and imminent threat, the very essence of being.