Agnès Poirier, a Paris-born, London-based writer and journalist, is the author of the forthcoming Left Bank: Arts, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-1950. (January 2018)

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Cashing In on Céline’s Anti-Semitism

Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Meudon, France, 1957

Paris during the Occupation was a place of moral ambiguity, of cowardice, treason, and courage living side by side. Today, though, the morally ambiguous attitude of the publisher Gallimard has no justification. Its urge to re-issue the violently anti-Semitic prose that Céline himself did not want to reprint is questionable; its decision to do so quickly and carelessly was even more dubious.