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The Bells of Basel

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Another attempt by a left-wing apostle to prove that pre-war Europe "rushed to its doom" without so much as lifting a finger in protest. The aftermath of Armageddon, of course, is the world's glorious opportunity to embrace Russia's New Theology, guaranteed to cure or kill. - The American Mercury, December 1936. (
348 pages
Published 1937 by Peter Davies & Lovat Dickson (first published 1934)
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Yves Panis
Premier tome du "Monde réel". 1912. La guerre se rapproche. Comme son titre ne l'indique pas l'action se situe à Paris. Mais la fin (superbe) sur quelques pages à Bâle. Ah le style d'Aragon ! Communiste certes ! Stalinien de surcroit ! Mais quel style !
Un roman des classes de la France au début du 20e siècle. L'écriture est belle et c'est une chronique intéressante de l'époque. Cependant, je connais peu la France de l'époque et les constantes références étaient lourdes. Également la morale est surfaite et propagandiste, ce qui ne me plaît pas. Je suis content de l'avoir lu mais ne suis pas tenté d'en découvrir plus.

A classic French book about early 20th century France. Beautifully written and historically interesting, it felt to me closer to a
Julien Lejeune
A book about hope, very interesting about the bourgoisie and the life back then. The book is divided a bit weirdly though and in the end we understand it was a catharsis for the author.
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