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The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach

The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach
Author: Alice Kaplan
ISBN 13: 9780226424156
ISBN 10: 226424154
Edition: First pb an edition
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2001-11-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $23.00

A National Book Award Finalist

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

On February 6, 1945, Robert Brasillach was executed for treason by a French firing squad. He was a writer of some distinction—a prolific novelist and a keen literary critic. He was also a dedicated anti-Semite, an acerbic opponent of French democracy, and editor in chief of the fascist weekly Je Suis Partout, in whose pages he regularly printed wartime denunciations of Jews and resistance activists.

Was Brasillach in fact guilty of treason? Was he condemned for his denunciations of the resistance, or singled out as a suspected homosexual? Was it right that he was executed when others, who were directly responsible for the murder of thousands, were set free? Kaplan's meticulous reconstruction of Brasillach's life and trial skirts none of these ethical subtleties: a detective story, a cautionary tale, and a meditation on the disturbing workings of justice and memory, The Collaborator will stand as the definitive account of Brasillach's crime and punishment.