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Writer's block : the Paris Antifascist Congress of 1935

Author: Jacob Boas
Publisher: Cambridge : Legenda, Modern Humanities Research Association, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 collapsed in a bitter standoff between Soviet and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Congresses
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacob Boas
ISBN: 9781781884492 1781884498
OCLC Number: 979557151
Description: 150 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Paris Antifascist Congress of 1935
Paris Anti-fascist Congress of 1935
Responsibility: Jacob Boas.

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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 collapsed in a bitter standoff between Soviet and Western conceptions of freedom of expression, literature, and political engagement. Of all such congresses held in the 1930s, none better exemplified the interplay between history, politics, and literature. Writers' Block looks beneath the surface to expose the complex wiring that motivated participants. Clashing ideologies and personalities drive the narrative forward.

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