IndigÃ¨ne, a small publisher in France has issued a slim book of 29 pages with just 13 pages of text. The publisher is used to press runs of under 700 copies. But this book has already sold 600,000 copies in the past 8 weeks. The book, “Indignez vous!” (Cry out, Be Indignant), calls for a non violent uprising against selfish bankers, economic interests, and resistance against those who wish to limit democratic values. And for good measure, it criticizes Israel and hints that maybe non violence is too good for the author’s foe: Israel.
It has sold 800 percent more copies than the #2 book on the French best seller’s list.
The author, StÃ©phane Hessel, is a 93 year old hero of the French resistance to the Nazis during WWII. The son of a German Jewish father and a mother who inspired the character in Truffaut’s film “Jules et Jim,” Hessel (codenamed “Greco”) was imprisoned in Buchenwald in 1944, after being captured on a French resistance mission. Just before he was to be hanged, he swapped identities with a dead French prisoner and survived. After the war, he worked for the French Foreign Ministry as a diplomat, and he helped draft the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
j’Accuse this is not. Be Indignant? Yes, I can be, but my indignation is against him.