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The Conspiracy by Paul Nizan
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The Conspiracy (1938)

by Paul Nizan

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La Conspiration

On devrait relire Nizan. On devrait le relire avec envie et non comme une obligation sèche, une injonction. On doit relire La Conspiration parce que ce petit ouvrage est un grand livre.

Nizan nous offre un texte violent sur l’idéalisme. Une violence manifeste, un cri d’une jeunesse en mal d’espérance ou en trop plein d’attente et d’espoir dans une société communiste qui tarde. En même temps, La Conspiration est le cri d’une jeunesse bourgeoise, étudiante, ambitieuse, qui se cherche dans les épreuves et dans une société où l’argent et la violence règnent.

Une même histoire, plusieurs voix. Le tiraillement de la jeunesse entre une vie nouvelle et l'existence toute tracée.

Le style puissant, l’amour des mots et des sentences pesées viennent sublimer ce livre d’une grande valeur.

Quelle pitié qu'un ce si grand auteur soit mort si jeune. ( )
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Paul Nizanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Benjamin, WalterContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoare, QuintinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menicanti, DariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mourão, VeraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartre, Jean-PaulAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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-- Well, said Rosenthal, we might name the journal Civil War. . . .

-- Why not? said Laforgue. It's not a bad title, and it says what we mean all right. Are you sure it hasn't already been taken?

-- Civil war's an idea that must be in the public domain, said Rosenthal. It's not something you could copyright.
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The Conspiracy is the last and most acclaimed novel by French writer and activist Paul Nizan, who died two years after its publication fighting the Germans at the Battle of Dunkirk. Hailed by Jean-Paul Sartre as Nizan's masterpiece, the book centers upon the figure of Bertrand Rosenthal, a misguided philosophy student studying in pre-war Paris. Eager to foment a revolution and having little grasp of his own motives, Rosenthal draws a small group of disciples into a conspiracy both fatuous and deadly. Simultaneously, he plunges into a forbidden--and ultimately tragic--love affair as the intertwined plots move inexorably toward their twin destinations of betrayal and death. The Conspiracy won the coveted Prix Interallié in 1938. This new edition includes Walter Benjamin's critique of the book, available here for the first time in English.… (more)

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