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Sunday, 13 May 2007 14:24
montagnarde1793: (OMSBWTF?)
So, I got some books on the Revolution for my birthday (which was 4 Floréal, if anyone wants to know), and I had a very elaborate post with analysis and review of all of them that I made last weekend. Unfortunately livejournal ate it, so I'm just going to post about them my category, the first being plays. Actually, I didn't get all of these for my birthday; I just figured now would be a good time to discuss them.


If anyone wants anything translated, by the way, feel free to ask!

I'll be back soon with either biographies or novels. ^__^

Edit: W. T. F. But then... from whence: "It is a pity, for example, that more is not said about the female companions of the Jacobin 'villains' in this piece: Marat's common-law wife Simone Evrard, or Robespierre's sisters." Perhaps if books about women in the Revolution followed this advice, reviewers would have heard of Éléonore. Or is that asking too much, I wonder? ...I suppose better they not have heard of her than have them have the opinion of the first play in this post, though.

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Monday, 17 April 2006 22:03
montagnarde1793: (Camille)
Being aware, of course, that I am several days late, I have in any case a picture of Lucile Desmoulins for her deathday: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/32000728/. (...Never mind that it didn't turn out quite the way I expected. Also, it's rather more morbid that my Camille.) That is all.
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On this page, I write my last confession... just kidding. Seriously, though I ought to write what I normally write to my sister here, as she doesn't answer anyway.

So I will, for lack of any better ideas, quote my last letter to her:

Lucile :

Ce bouquin--celui d'Emile Zola--qu'est-ce que le titre?

This book--the one by Emile Zola--what is the title?

Je trouvais un site sur France ; peut-etre ca t'interesse? : http://www.understandfrance.org

I found a site on France; perhaps it will interest you?

C'est tres interessant. Je veux regarder <> pour comprendre ce qui se passe dans les banlieues de Paris et des autres ville francaises...

It's very interesting. I want to see "La Haine" now to understand what has been going on in the "suburbs" of Paris and other French cities...

Je te manque beaucoup!

I miss you very much!

Vertu et egalite,

Cornelie

P.-S. : Un excerpt de "Le Bourgeois sans-culotte ou Le spectre du parc Monceau" par Kateb Yacine :

An excerpt from "The Bourgeois Sans-Culotte ou The Specter of Park Monceau" by Kateb Yacine:

RECITANT :

RECITENT:

Un spectre hante la France, le spectre du parc Monceau, le spectre de Robespierre, l'intrus, le mal-aime, le malfame, l'incontournable.

A specter haunts France, the specter of Park Monceau, the specter of Robespierre, the intruder, the badly-loved, the defamed, the uncontrollable one.

(On entend a nouveau le cri de mort de Robespierre)

(Robespierre's death-cry is heard anew)

Un spectre hante la France. Le spectre de Robespierre frappe a sa porte depuis deux siecles. Il n'a pas eu d'enfance, pas de jeunesse, pas de femme. Sa femme, c'etait la Republique.

A specter haunts France. The specter of Robespierre has knocked at her door for two centuries. He has not had a childhood, nor a youth, nor a wife. His wife, she was the Republic.

ROBESPIERRE :

ROBESPIERRE:

Republique, es-tu la?

Republic, are you there?

Entre la Republique : l'actrice qui fut Eleonore.

Enter the Republic: the actrice who was Eleonore.

ELEONORE :

ELEONORE:

Quelle Republique? La premiere? Elle est morte d'un coup d'Etat militaire que tu voyais venir en la personne de Bonaparte.

Which Republic? The first? She died from a military coup d'Etat that you saw come in the person of Bonaparte.

Entre Napoleon. Apres un tour de danse avec Eleonore, il quitte la scene, remplace par Petain, puis par de Gaulle.

Enter Napoleon. After a turn of dancing with Eleonore, he quits the scene, replaced by Petain, then by de Gaulle.


ELEONORE :

ELEONORE:

La deuxieme Republique? Elle est morte etouffee, entre deux empires. Et la troisieme fut victime, une fois de plus, d'un militaire, le marechal Petain, qui la sacrifia sous la botte nazie.

The second Republic? She died suppressed, between two empires. And the third was the victim, one time more, of a military man, the marshal Petain, who would sacrifice her under the nazi boot.

ROBESPIERRE :

ROBESPIERRE:

Republique, es-tu la?

Republic, are you there?

ELEONORE :

ELEONORE:

Quelle Republique? La quatrieme? Elle fit ses premiers pas avec un autre (encore un autre) militaire, le general de Gaulle. Il n'hesita pas a la supprimer, pour fonder, a son tour, la cinquieme Republique, nee de la guerre d'Algerie. Ainsi la Republique fut souvent renversee, d'un militaire a l'autre. Mais toujours elle se releve, avec le souvenir de son premier amant : Maximilien Robespierre.

Which Republic? The fourth? She took her first steps with another (yet another) military man, the general de Gaulle. He would not hesitate to suppress her, to found, in his turn, the fifth Republic, born of the war in Algeria. In such ways, the Republic was often overthrown, by one military man or another. But always she would rise again, with the memory of her first lover: Maximilien Robespierre.

Les militaires quittent la scene. Eleonore et Robespierre s'embrassent longuement, puis s'eloignent dans l'ombre.

The military men quit the scene. Eleonore and Robespierre kiss at length, then remove into the shadows.



...


I bet you've never been the Republic before.

I feel special;)


...


Salut a tous.......

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I just got back from Paris, France (aka the best place in the world). It was amazing! I really didn't want to leave.

The Conciergerie and the Musee Carnavalet were definitely the highlights:

In the Carnavalet, not only do they have that famous picture of Robespierre (and the one of Camille, and the one of Lucile), but they also had a lock of his hair, a tricolor rosette he wore to the Jacobins right before the Fete de l'Etre Supreme, his briefcase type thing (porte-feuille), and his shaving bowl.

The Conciergerie, apart from being the last place Robespierre was in before he died, had a very nice bust of him and a ladder that had been in my historical persona, Eleonore Duplay's house. (They had written that there was a rumor that he used it to get to his room, but I really don't see why he would have needed it, considering his room was on the ground level.)

Speaking of my historical persona's house, however... It was a bit of a disappointment. They had turned it into a store (whose name I have blocked out), and it didn't even have its courtyard anymore. It really is too bad they closed Le Robespierre. I would have killed to be able to go there.

And again, speaking of death, I also saw the Catacombes, where Robespierre's (along with just about everyone else who was guillotined) remains are...um...stacked? Yes. I think stacked would describe it. BTW: I will post pictures as soon as I can... not just of that but of everything.

Still on the subject of death, I also saw my historical persona's grave in Pere Lachaise, after some difficulty. It was very nice. The Societe des Etudes Robespierristes fixed it up, with a new plaque, flowers, little trees, tricolor ribbons, and (I suspect) a place on the map--the map only mentions the more "important" figures buried there.

Another interesting thing was the Pantheon. Among other people, Rousseau, Voltaire, and Condorcet are entombed there. It is muchly cool (both literally and figuratively).

On the way to the Pantheon, we saw the Sorbonne and tried to see Louis-le-Grand, but apparently they've built a new wing--or something--because we could only see the courtyard through a window.

All in all, it was the best trip ever, and I hope to be able to go back soon--whatever anyone else says be damned!

--Suzanne

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