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9.27.03
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Bernard-Henri Lévy
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Bernard-Henri Lévy
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Bernard-Henri Lévy is one of France's leading philosophers and one of the most esteemed and bestselling writers in Europe. After starting his career as a war reporter for COMBAT — the legendary newspaper founded by Albert Camus during the Nazi occupation of France — for which he covered the war between Pakistan and India over Bangladesh, Lévy became famous as the founder of the New Philosophers group. His 1977 book BARBARISM WITH A HUMAN FACE solidified his reputation. Lévy's cultural commentary, novels and journalism have continued to stir up such excitement that THE GUARDIAN recently noted he is "accorded the kind of adulation in France that most countries reserve for their rock stars."

Lévy is the author of 30 books, including works of philosophy, fiction, and biography. He has, in particular, written several books about the Islamic Middle East, including his first book, Red India. He also gained renown for his documentary film about the Bosnian conflict, BOSNA!

In addition, Lévy has held several diplomatic positions with the French government. Most recently, in 2002, he was appointed by the French President Jacques Chirac to head a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan in the wake of the war against the Taliban, a war that Lévy supported.

Books, essays, films and plays by Bernard-Henri Lévy:

  • BANGLADESH, NATIONALISM AND REVOLUTION, 1973 Reprinted in 1985 under the title LES INDES ROUGES (RED INDIA)
  • LA BARBARIE VISAGE HUMAIN, (BARBARY WITH A HUMAN FACE), 1977
  • TESTAMENT DE DIEU, (GOD'S TESTAMENT), 1979
  • L'IDÉOLOGIE FRANÇAIS, 1983
  • QUESTIONS DE PRINCIPE, 1983
  • LE DIABLE EN TÊTE, (THE DEVIL IN MIND), 1984
  • IMPRESSION D'ASIE, (IMPRESSIONS OF ASIA), 1985
  • QUESTIONS DE PRINCIPE DEUX, 1986
  • ELOGE DES INTELLECTUELS, (IN PRAISE OF INTELLECTUALS), 1987
  • LES DERNIERS JOURS DE CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, (THE LAST DAYS OF CHARLES BAUDELAIRE), 1988
  • QUESTIONS DE PRINCIPES TROIS, 1990
  • LES ANNÉES 80 DE STELLA, (STELLA IN THE 80'S), 1990
  • LES AVENTURES DE LA LIBERTÉ, 1991
  • Author of a documentary series on the history of intellectuals: LES AVENTURES DE LA LIBERTÉ, 1991
  • LES BRONZES DE CÉZAR, 1991
  • "Piero della Francesca and Piet Mondrian," in the collection THE ANCIENTS AND THE MODERNS, 1992
  • Author of a documentary for France 3 television: A DAY IN THE DEATH OF SARAJEVO, 1992
  • Play: THE LAST JUDGEMENT, 1992
  • QUESTIONS DE PRINCIPE QUATRE, 1992
  • LES HOMMES ET LES FEMMES, (MEN AND WOMEN), with Françoise Giroud, 1993
  • Author and director of the film BOSNA!, with A. Ferrari, 1994
  • LA PURETÉ DANGEREUSE, 1994
  • QUESTIONS DE PRINCIPES, 1995
  • LE LYS ET LA CENDRE, (THE LILY AND THE ASH),, 1996
  • Film: LE JOUR ET LA NUIT, with J.-P. Enthoven, 1996
  • COMÉDIE, 1997
  • AVEC SALMAN RUSHDIE, 1999
  • SIÈCLE DE SARTRE, (CENTURY OF SARTRE), 2000
  • RÉFLEXIONS SUR LA GUERRE, LE MAL ET LA FIN DE L'HISTOIRE, (REFLECTIONS ON WAR, EVIL AND THE END OF HISTORY), 2001
  • MEMOIRE VIVE, 2001
  • QUESTIONS DE PRICIPES 7, 2001
  • White Paper to the President and Prime Minister of France on its contribution to the reconstruction of Afghanistan, 2002
  • QUI A TUÉ DANIEL PEARL? (WHO KILLED DANIEL PEARL?), 2003

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