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A French tragedy : scenes of civil war, summer 1944

Author: Tzvetan Todorov
Publisher: Hanover [N.H.] : Dartmouth College : University Press of New England, ©1996.
Series: Contemporary French culture and society.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
As Allied troops landed in Normandy in 1944, members of the local French Resistance in the small town of Saint-Amand-Montrond embarked on an ill-fated attempt to liberate their town. Based on noble but politically questionable motives, and failing to inspire broader support, the incident quickly devolved from confrontation to a stand-off and ultimately to a tragedy. Resistance forces took and subsequently executed
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
History
Personal narratives
Biography
Personal narratives, French
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Todorov, Tzvetan, 1939-
French tragedy.
Hanover [N.H.] : Dartmouth College : University Press of New England, ©1996
(DLC) 96011603
(OCoLC)34354674
Named Person: René Sadrin; René Sadrin
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tzvetan Todorov
ISBN: 9781611681796 1611681790 0585247072 9780585247076
OCLC Number: 45730751
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 138 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: Contemporary French culture and society.
Other Titles: Tragédie française.
Responsibility: Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Mary Byrd Kelly ; translation edited and annotated by Richard J. Golsan.

Abstract:

As Allied troops landed in Normandy in 1944, members of the local French Resistance in the small town of Saint-Amand-Montrond embarked on an ill-fated attempt to liberate their town. Based on noble but politically questionable motives, and failing to inspire broader support, the incident quickly devolved from confrontation to a stand-off and ultimately to a tragedy. Resistance forces took and subsequently executed hostages; their opponents, the milice - collaborationist French police - and German soldiers rounded up 70 Jewish adults and children in retaliation and put many to a horrible death. Eminent literary and cultural critic Tzvetan Todorov examines the episode as history but also as a moral paradigm.

Finding similar failures on both sides, he also cites "a qualitative difference between the two, an irreducible asymmetry, which resides in their ideals, in totalitarianism versus democracy." Suspenseful, compelling, and uncompromisingly honest, A French Tragedy goes beyond the events themselves to ponder the nature of sacrifice, of suffering, and of individual responsibility in a world where civil war still thrives.

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