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Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters by Louis Begley
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Jan 18, 14

bookshelves: 2012-reads
Read from April 15 to 16, 2012

A fine overview of the case and of anti-Semitism in fin-de-siecle France, but the balance of the book felt odd: a mid-chapter interpolation interrupting the account by describing policies of the Bush administration's prosecution of al-Qaeda suspects and the Guantanamo Bay detention regime, but then not returning to that subject again to complete the idea or explore the parallels. Instead Begley concludes the book with a mini-essay on Proust's response to "l'affaire Dreyfus" in his works Jean Santeuil and A la recherche du temps perdu.

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