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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]

Date 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 Well illustrated, the work also presents unpublished translations of his exchanges with Marx.

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.

Thematic studies

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.

Inventive works

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.

Two websites
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, 22 euros
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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