Titel: Assassination! July 14
Autor/en: Ben Abro
Ausgewählt von James D. Le Sueur
UNIV OF NEBRASKA PR
April 2001 - kartoniert - 256 Seiten
July 14. One of Europe's most sinister terrorist organizations hatches a brilliant plan to assassinate the feared and powerful leader of France, President Charles de Gaulle. Max Palk, an extraordinarily talented British secret agent, is summoned to Paris to hunt down the assassins before it is too late. Ensnared in a terrifying web of doublecross and death, Palk races against the clock to outmaneuver, outshoot, and outthink his increasingly desperate foes.A decade before The Day of the Jackal appeared, Ben Abro's Assassination! July 14 became an international sensation, thanks to its sizzling plot, an ingenious, intellectual hero, and a realistic depiction of France's volatile political scene in the 1960s. In fact, the novel proved too real, provoking outrage and a lawsuit that shut down its publication. For the first time in decades, this gripping, underground thriller is again widely available. The equally riveting story behind the novel and the controversy it spawned are carefully explained in an informative essay by James D. Le Sueur. Drawing upon interviews with the authors, court transcripts, and recent evidence and scholarship, Le Sueur examines how an item of popular culture could have had such national and international repercussions.
Contents The Beginning Baraka Canine Kamikazes Max Mr. Palk Max Palk Max and Silesia The Minister The Forgotten Forecast The Prefect The Sentence That Never Was The Villains Boudin Bears a Barbouze The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, second edition How Odd of God Famous Last Words Tuesday, July the Tenth Wednesday, July the Eleventh Thursday, July the Twelfth Friday, July the Thirteenth Max Escapes by the Back The Setback Max Must See the Prefect The Telephone Call The Red Cross Max Goes Underground Jacobs among the Jackboots The Prefect Loses Some Sleep The Assassination Breakfast on the Fourteenth Max Puts on his Uniform Salute the Rostrum Assassination The End July the Sixteenth Before the Jackal: The International Uproar over Assassination!
Ben Abro is the pseudonym of Robert Silman and Ian Young, who were students of philosophy under Jean-Francois Lyotard at the Sorbonne in the early 1960s. James D. Le Sueur is an associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of "Uncivil War: Intellectuals and Identity Politics during the Decolonization of Algeria," Second Edition (Nebraska 2005). He is the editor of Mouloud Feraoun's "Journal, 1955-1962: Reflections on the French-Algerian War"and a contributor to Henri Alleg's "The Question," both available in Bison Books editions.
"Professor James LeSueur . . . does not specialize in spy novels of the 1960s. His domain is more the history of intellectuals. One day, however, in Paris, Pierre Vidal-Naquet told him about an old memory of a forgotten affair: the pulping of an English spy novel, in 1963, following a lawsuit filed by Jacques Soustelle. Soustelle's complaint was that his role in the novel was that of a villain, a scheming fascist. Le Sueur did some research, tracked down the authors, read their files. And he just brought that little novel back into print in the U.S.: "Assassination! July14". In a long, passionate historical essay, Le Sueur tells the story of the trial. And this second part of the book is a more solid and captivating thriller than the slight novel which precedes it. Not only does the essay cast new light on Jacques Soustelle, one of the most enigmatic personages of the postwar period, it also illuminates in formidable fashion the political strife of the time, its pure violence."--Pascal Riche, "Liberation"--Pascal Rich? "Lib?ration "