Mitchell Abidor is a writer and translator who has published over a dozen books on French radical history.
Tablet’s French literary ancestor was founded by three Warsaw-born brothers who were high school friends and classmates of Marcel Proust, and who published everyone from André Gide to Paul Claudel. Then came the Dreyfus affair.
The friendship of James Joyce and his student and instructor in Jewish customs, the Italian businessman Ettore Schmitz, better known as the novelist Italo Svevo, gave birth to one of literature’s greatest characters. It also unites the giant of literary modernism with the founder of psychoanalysis.
With his ability to control his own narrative, the one-man show is a symptom of the Americanization of French politics
From Karl Marx on down, early socialist movements and many of their successors gave themselves over to virulent antisemitism—with the shining exception of Comte Henri de Saint-Simon and his disciples
The publication by Gallimard of the earliest manuscript of what would become ‘In Search of Lost Time’ lays bare the autobiographical origins of Proust’s key themes, including his ambivalence about his Jewishness
France’s second revolutionary sequel was a failure. But it looks better than its successors.