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(en) France, UCL AL #340 - Culture, Read Dessaint: "1886, the Jules Watrin affair" (ca, de, fr, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 31 Aug 2023 09:11:23 +0300

"I have what it takes in my shop, I have thunder and lightning, To watrinate the whole clique, Starving the universe. (Anarchist song.) Pascal Dessaint realizes with this book the challenge of a historical, alert and fiery narration, of a strong moment in the history of the labor movement. His writing evokes a cinematographic script with short shots, flashbacks, parallel stories. ---- The purpose, beyond the dramatic facts, is to try to understand the human mechanics of this crowd movement which led to the defenestration of an assistant director. The dramaturgy of the act is entirely in these silences which precede the inevitable confrontation. Following new wage cuts, the revolt rumbles: the strike. The anger hitherto contained, explodes against Watrin, who was paid on salary cuts.

In Decazeville (Aveyron), for the Cri du peuple, it is no longer a question of class struggle, but of an "act of war... of social war. For the newspaper, it "is impossible to think of anything other than the suffering, insults and provocations of which such a death is only the crowning glory..." Decazeville, mining town, town of confrontation, between an exploited proletariat and a rapacious industrial bourgeoisie. Decazeville, place of concentration of so much contained hatred, place of memory of this shooting of Aubin a few years before, a few kilometers from there, 14 dead and 22 wounded, three of whom will not survive. One thousand eight hundred and eighty-six, the troop was there again, 1,500 soldiers.

Very quickly, the employers threw all the responsibility on the mayor who had not been able to take the necessary measures to protect them. The consequences : Arrests follow one another, followed by prison sentences, forced labor, unfair dismissals, lower wages. Between novel and historical study, a book as we would like to read more, a book that recalls the difficult working condition and the greatness of the social struggle.

Dominique Sureau (UCL Angers)

Pascal Dessaint, 1886, the Jules Watrin affair, Payot editions, Rivages, 350 pages, 21 euros.

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