The Beginning Of The End: France, May 1968 by Angelo QuattrocchiThe Beginning Of The End: France, May 1968 by Angelo Quattrocchi

The Beginning Of The End: France, May 1968

byAngelo Quattrocchi, Tom Nairn

Paperback | May 17, 1998

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In May 1968, France stood on the verge of full-blooded revolution. Here a rhythmic, vivid evocation from eyewitness Angelo Quattrocchi is complemented by Tom Nairn’s cool and elegant appraisal to tell the astonishing story of those heady days. Paris is a seething battlefield of barricades, burning cars and CS gas. De Gaulle’s riot police publicly inform him that their loyalty can no longer be taken for granted. Meanwhile students and millions of young striking workers on the streets raise ideas that had previously been the sole province of radical philosophers: “To forbid is forbidden”; “Be reasonable ... Demand the impossible”; “Freedom is the consciousness of our desires.”
Anarchist and poet, Angelo Quattrocchi (1945–2009) reported from London, Paris and the US for Italian newspapers in the 1960s and 1970s and subsequently worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC, Channel 4, and Italian television. His books include The Beginning of the End: France, May 1968, What Happened, Why It Happened with Tom Nairn.Tom...
Title:The Beginning Of The End: France, May 1968Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:May 17, 1998Publisher:Verso Books

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Angelo Quattrocchi, poet, anarchist and correspondent for the Italian newspaper AVANTI, was posted to Paris in May 1968. He witnessed the student revolt at Nanterre which spread to the Sorbonne and then to nine million striking factory workers. It was the closest the post-war west was to come to full-scale revolution. In an impassioned and unashamedly partisan voice, Quattrocchi describes these events.

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“An unconsciously situationist text.”—Guy Debord