A French Tragedy: Scenes of Civil War, Summer 1944 by Tzvetan Todorov

By Tzvetan Todorov

An the world over popular student examines an episode within the chaos and retributive strife that engulfed France throughout the liberation on the finish of global battle II.

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Mayors FranceSaint-Amand-Mont-RondBiography.  I. Title.  Series. 54'8144552dc20 96-11603 Page v Contents Preface to the English Edition vii Translator's Note xiii Prologue xv The Characters xix Act 1: The Uprising 1 Act 2: Negotiations 48 Act 3: Punishment 83 Epilogue 116 Bibliography 135 Page vii Preface to the English Edition The original edition of A French Tragedy was intended for French readers familiar with the context surrounding the dramatic events related in the book. It might therefore be helpful to recall some of the elements of that context here.

Cornell University Press, 1980), 16695. Page x The debates surrounding the interpretation of this page of history are still going on, and some are among the hottest in France today, a fact that reveals a significant facet of late-twentieth-century France and perhaps other European countries as well. One no longer encounters the slightest difficulty in denouncing any particular turpitude of the Vichy regime. On the other hand, it is not nearly so easy to remain dispassionate when analyzing the action taken by the Resistance for the Free French forces (in London or Algiers).

Sochet brings together the two other branches of the Resistance: the FTP and the MUR, or in this case, Combat. The role of unifier that he assigns himself is characteristic. Fernand Sochet is a militant Communist. As a prisoner of war he escaped and returned to the Cher region in June 1943, where he resumed working as a teacher in Vierzon, a nearby city, and found himself in 11. The term attentiste was a generally pejorative term applied to those who hesitated to take sides during the Occupation, preferring instead to "wait and see" who the victors would turn out to be.

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