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Author Todorov, Tzvetan, 1939-2017.

Title A French tragedy : scenes of civil war, summer 1944 / Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Mary Byrd Kelly ; translation edited and annotated by Richard J. Golsan
Published Hanover [N.H.] : Dartmouth College : University Press of New England, [1996]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 138 pages)
Series Contemporary French culture and society
Contemporary French culture and society.
Summary 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
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
Analysis France
World War 2 Military operations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-138)
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Subject Sadrin, René.
Mayors -- France -- Saint-Amand-Mont-Rond -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, French.
World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Saint-Amand-Mont-Rond.
Saint-Amand-Mont-Rond (France) -- History.
Genre/Form Biography.
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585247072 (electronic bk.)
1611681790 (electronic bk.)
9780585247076 (electronic bk.)
9781611681796 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Tragédie française. English