Double Trouble

The Return of Martin Guerre

by Natalie Zemon Davis
The biographies of peasants and especially the autobiographies of country people are a longstanding problem. We owe to the habits of Protestant introspection the fascinating life history of the Swiss mountain dweller, Thomas Platter, written in the sixteenth century; for the seventeenth century, as far as I know, nothing of …

Guide Rouge

Teachers, Writers, Celebrities: The Intellectuals of Modern France

by Régis Debray, translated by David Macey
Régis Debray, author of Revolution in the Revolution? and now, at forty, one of President Mitterand’s official advisers, shares with most of his coevals a quality that can no longer be taken for granted in younger generations: he knows, more or less, how to handle numbers, how to handle dates, …