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Writers' Block: The Paris Antifascist Congress of 1935
In 1935, 230 writers from 38 countries converged on Paris to consider ways of countering the fascist threat to culture. Held against a background of a rapidly changing political climate, the five-day congress attended by some of Europe's foremost writers -- AndrE Gide, AndrE Malraux, Bertolt Brecht, Heinrich Mann, Ilya Ehrenburg, Aldous Huxley, among others -- ultimately ...more
Published December 19th 2016 by Legenda
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Hundred of artists, writers, thinkers, and revolutionaries gather together under the banner against fascism—it sounds almost utopian, even suggesting a Golden Age of the European public intellectual. Too bad it was an all-out disaster of conflicting egos, platforms, and ethos. And could even spell the end of collaboration between the Western European Intellectual and the Soviet. Romantic individualism vs. idealized collectivism, clean bourgeois hands vs. dirty revolutionary hands? Perhaps it was ...more