Readers were shocked by its portrayal of a Paris that is rife with child prostitution, racism, poverty, the exploitation of the worker, the greed of the bourgeoisie, and the widespread insanity that these influences give rise to. Disorientating and challenging, unashamed in its relentless attack on capitalism and staunch defense of socialism, I Burn Paris was defined by its politics.
Terrified by its seemingly communist sympathies, French authorities perceived I Burn Paris as an attack on Western European culture, on capitalism and democracy, and on France itself.
What is often overlooked, however, is the beauty of the prose in I Burn Paris. The poetic, rhythmic descriptions of a Paris beyond salvation and twisted by the damaged psyche of the protagonist demonstrates a masterful control of the written word and an ability to make even the most mundane, the most brutal and the most industrialised scenery seem beautiful.
Even the widely condemned political aspects of I Burn Paris possess a humanity and understanding of controversial subject matter. He tried to find refuge in Belgium and Luxembourg but was refused entry. He was greeted as a hero. Artists must use associations which, to the petty bourgeois mind-set, are far removed. Even sentences should be rejected on account of their bourgeois nature.
Instead poets should use condensed verbal compositions, unhindered by any considerations of syntax. The novel is written in sentences and is most readable, though not perfect.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The poetic, rhythmic descriptions of a Paris beyond salvation and twisted by the damaged psyche of the protagonist demonstrates a masterful control of the written word and an ability to make even the most mundane, the most brutal and the most industrialised scenery seem beautiful. Above all, however, the novel grips us with its eternal — forever old and forever new — story of the human heart that dreams of a better tomorrow. Hardcover , pages. It had been running since time immemorial, ever since it had been set in motion. Yet the dancing carried on.
The ending, also, is weak and as the plot stretches, holes start to appear. Made it to the city on foot. The tale is bracketed by a consumerism that consumes an entire city but the suggestion is not that this will all just repeat itself over and over.
And every love is lost, which personal disappointment catalyzes the most drastic political actions. And yet he, like the plague itself, deals fairly and equally with all his characters. Between rabbis and tycoons. Between comrades who want war and comrades who want peace.
Between professors and the revolutionaries who murdered their sons. He can see all sides, and yet it is his beloved communism that wins at the end of the day. Except in real life there are no winners. The high school that once bore his name has been rechristened after a Roman-Catholic saint. Share This.
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