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Yuk’s Last Laugh

Tim Parks: Flaubert

15 December 2016
by Michel Winock, translated by Nicholas Elliott.
Harvard, 528 pp., £25, October 2016, 978 0 674 73795 2
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... more likely to decide not to, ‘it will be as a thinker and demoraliser.’ In his new biography, Michel Winock is inclined to dismiss this as juvenile posturing, yet his generous quotation from notes and letters written throughout Flaubert’s life shows a remarkable continuity of attitude. From infancy to death Flaubert would condemn the world in much ...

Who’s best?

Douglas Johnson

27 September 1990
The Rise and Fall of Anti-Americanism: A Century of French Perception 
edited by Denis Lacorne, Jacques Rupnik and Marie-France Toinet, translated by Gerald Turner.
Macmillan, 258 pp., £35, August 1990, 0 333 49025 8
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... order: ‘Naturally, I paid no attention.’ With the Cold War, French anti-Americanism, as Michel Winock puts it, grew immeasurably. Intellectuals claimed that, faced with a choice between the USA and the USSR, they would have to choose the Russians, because it was with them that the future lay. A powerful Communist Party alleged that the Marshall ...

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