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(en) France, UCL AL #315 = culture, For the 150 years of the Municipality, a great editorial blossoming (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]
Wed, 19 May 2021 08:34:00 +0300
A dozen books bloom this spring. Enough to set up a new barricade. Or meditate in
the shade of a cherry blossom tree. Listening to the blackbird's mocking song.
---- Two splendid works: ---- The Paris Commune in 1871, coordinated by Michel
Cordillot, will remain as THE great encyclopedia of the 150 th birthday.
Thirty-six contributors, a chronology, thematic reflections around the actions
and the protagonists, internal political conflicts and memorials, a host of
biographies and magnificent illustrations. ---- The other richly illustrated book
has chosen a more playful approach: with Paris 1871, history in motion, Josef
Ulla combines the unfolding of facts with memorial walks in the Paris of today.
Julien Chuzeville offers the first biography in French of Léo Frankel, an
internationalist militant who survived La Commune by playing an important role
with Marx. The Paris Commune made him the first "foreigner" elected (at Work) by
the Parisian people. From the end of the 1860s he joined the International
Association of Workers as a correspondent for the German-speaking countries. Well
illustrated, the work also presents unpublished translations of his exchanges
Our comrade Dominique Sureau signs a biography of an unjustly unknown actor in
the struggles against Napoleon III who will be president of the council of the
Paris Commune: Gustave Lefrançais. He survived the barricades, went into exile in
Switzerland, and remained unclassifiable but omnipresent in the AIT alongside the
"anti-authoritarians". Sureau attempts to shed light on the character by bringing
together testimonies from the period and analyzes by historians. A book that
makes you want to dive into the Memories of a Revolutionary, from June 48 at the
Commune at La Fabrique.
It is by rereading the Official Journal that Le Tréhondat and Mahieux retrace the
emancipatory work of La Commune: La Commune day by day. An original approach that
highlights institutional sources.
Michèle Audin, with her well-known rigor, reviews the accounts and settles them
with those who minimize the number of victims of the siege of Paris and the
repression of Versailles. Bloody Week: legends and accounts track the bodies
buried in Paris, but also in the suburbs, exhumed at random from construction
sites until 1920.
Michèle Audin also publishes a novel solidly built around her research: Josée
Meunier, 19 rue des Juifs. The story begins after the bloody week and follows
Albert Theisz into his London exile and his return to Paris after the amnesty,
through the eyes of a woman who loves him passionately. A curiously constructed
text that alternates very personal literary daring and more classic passages.
Ludivine Bantigny offers a particularly original book, mixing the history of the
Municipality with its burning news. The Municipality in the Present is a
collection of letters that she writes to the most eminent personalities of the
Municipality as well as to obscure activists. It stretches a bridge between their
incredible experience and the battles of today.
For revolutionary 2.0, among others note two useful blogs: that of Michèle Audin:
Macommunedeparis.com and the pluralistic coalition that contituée to mark the 150
th anniversary: faisonsvivrelacommune.org. . And for those who feel overwhelmed
by this multitude of reading tips, there is still time to be satisfied with the
little pamphlet written by Marx in the heat of the event: The Civil War in France
that Stathis Kouvélakis joined to other texts, by Engels and Marx, in a complete
work: On the Paris Commune: texts and controversies.
Jean-Yves (UCL Limousin)
Josef Ulla, Paris 1871, histoire en marche, Les éditions libertaires, December
2020, 350 pages, 35 euros.
Julien Chuzeville, Léo Frankel Libertalia, February 2021, 276 pages, 15 euros.
Michèle Audin, The Bloody Week, Legends and Accounts, Libertalia, March 2021, 250
pages, 10 euros.
Ludivine Bantigny, La Commune au present, La Découverte, March 2021, 400 pages,
Michel Cordillot (coord.), La Commune de Paris 1871, Les éditions de l'Atelier,
January 2021, 1440 pages, 35 euros.
Patrick Le Tréhondat, Christian Mahieux, La Commune day by day, 190 pages,
Syllepse, February 2021, 10 euros.
Dominique Sureau, Gustave Lefrançais, Editions du Petit Pavé, March 2021, 215
pages, 20 euros.
Stathis Kouvélakis, On the Paris Commune, texts and controversies, Les éditions
sociales, February 2021, 400 pages, 20 euros
Michèle Audin, Josée Meunier, 19, rue des Juifs, Gallimard, L'Arbalète
collection, March 2021, 200 pages, 17 euros
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