Can de Gaulle Check the Gaullists?
The Threat of the Extreme Right
THE bookseller was fondling a stack of bile-yellow paperbacks devoted to the “Jewish problem.” They dated from the period 1937-1943 and he had just bought them secondhand from the widow of a local Vichyite. I told him that if he could let me have them cheap I’d buy them to light my garden bonfire. He was shocked. “They are not frivolous books, Monsieur,” he said. “Take this one, for example. Its author is a serious thinker-and a brilliant writer.”
“A writer may be brilliant,” I said tritely, to draw him out, “and still propagate evil ideas.” I tapped the shelf above the anti-Semites. “This man-Leon Daudet-for instance.”
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