Literary Political Protest, French Style
March 19, 2009 9:06 AM Subscribe
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The sales of a book by Madame de Lafayette,
"La Princesse de Clèves", are up in France and there have been public readings of it in theatres and universities. The reason? Sarkozy hates it
. As Sarkozy's popularity plummets
, the "17th century tale of thwarted love" gets unexpected attention beyond the classroom. Badges
inscribed with "I am reading The Princess of Clèves" were the most popular item at the opening of the Paris book fair this week.
Mr Sarkozy, a man often ridiculed in France for preferring fitness to literature, has frequently expressed his disdain for "La Princesse de Cleves" (The Princess of Cleves), a novel by Madame de La Fayette which was published in 1678 and is taught in most French classrooms.
from the Telegraph
Also, full text of "La Princesse de Clèves
" at Gutenberg.