Portrait dated October 12, 1951 in Paris of the writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Antoine Gallimard has „not given up“ to republish the anti-Semitic pamphlets of Louis-Ferdinand Celine, after suspending sine die this project that had caused an outcry.
On January 11, „I suspended this project, but I did not give up,“ he says in the Journal du dimanche (JDD). „The reason for this suspension is simple: you do not build anything worthwhile in a fire, you can not be heard in a boiling amphitheater,“ he says, without going forward on a release date.
The CEO of Editions Gallimard refutes the idea of having been convened by the government in December 2017 on this subject. „The term + convocation + is incorrect,“ he says. „I received a letter from the inter-ministerial delegate to combat anti-racism, anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT hate, Mr. Frédéric Potier, and I I chose to meet him, „says Mr. Gallimard.
The publisher explains that he then informed Frédéric Potier, who was worried about a possible republication of texts without context, that it would be accompanied by a „historic apparatus“, with an analysis of the university professor. Régis Tettamanzi and a preface signed by the writer Pierre Assouline.
The plan to reissue Celine’s anti-Semitic pamphlets („Bagatelles pour un massacre“, „L’Ecole des cadavres“ and „Les beaux drapes“) sparked a wave of indignation, notably by Serge Klarsfeld, president of the association Sons and daughters of Jewish deportees from France.
Antoine Gallimard justifies again in the JDD his project „by taste of truth“ and the need to show „the coexistence of genius and the ignoble in one man“.
The texts concerned were written by the author of „Journey at the end of the night“ between 1937 and 1941.
They should be in the public domain by 2031 (70 years after the writer’s death in 1961) and then free of rights.
Celine’s pamphlets are not banned in France, but have not been reissued since the end of the Second World War. The writer himself and his widow, Lucette Destouches, aged 105, opposed it.