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Remembering Pierre Drieu La Rochelle:
January 3, 1893 to March 15, 1945

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Pierre Drieu La RochellePierre Drieu La Rochelle was born on this day in 1893. In commemoration, I wish to draw your attention to the following works on this site:


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  1. Michael Persson
    Posted January 7, 2015 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Does anybody know what his critique of Anatole France consisted of?

    It says on Wikipedia that France “was the object of written attacks, including a particularly venomous one from the Nazi collaborator, Pierre Drieu la Rochelle”. Was it Frances stand in the Dreyfus-affair?

  2. 425
    Posted January 6, 2015 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, this author is almost inaccessible to English-only readers. There is a good overview of his literary works in Reck’s ‘Drieu la Rochelle and the Picture Gallery Novel’, and an analysis of his political life (Soucy’s ‘Fascist Intellectual’), which I’ve not looked at. His highly regarded novel ‘The Fire Within’* has been translated (long out of print and rare), but unfortunately his most celebrated novel, ‘Gilles’, was not.

    I’ve heard (I think I read it in an issue of Nouvelle Ecole) that he had been influenced somewhat by Guenon’s ideas. It would be interesting to find out how significant this influence was.

    * Also an excellent, expertly edited B&W film directed by Louis Malle (1963), available on disc from Criterion. Drieu’s fascination with spirituality is represented in one of the characters, in addition to a fairly neutral reference to his political beliefs.

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