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Bernard-Henri Levy

Best-Selling Author / Philosopher / Public Intellectual



Bernard-Henri Lévy is a French philosopher and one of the most esteemed and bestselling writers in Europe. He is the author of over 30 books, including works of philosophy, fiction, and biography. His most recent book, The Genius of Judaism, was published in January 2017 by Random House. American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville was a New York Times bestseller (2006). Subsequent books in English are Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism (2008) and, with Michel Houellebecq, Public Enemies: Dueling Writers Take on Each Other and the World (2011). A 2013 book, Les Aventures de la Vérité—Peinture et philosophie, explored the historical interplay of philosophy and art. The book was written as a companion to a successful exhibition curated by Lévy at the Fondation Maeght in Saint Paul de Vence (June 29–November 11, 2013). Read More >

His last play, “Hotel Europe,” which premiered in Sarajevo on June 27, 2014, and in Paris on September 9, 2014, is a cry of alarm about the crisis facing the European project and the dream behind it. He is a columnist for Le PointEl Pais,Corriere de la SeraThe World PostThe Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, and others.

Lévy gained renown for his documentary film about the Bosnian conflict, Bosna! (1994). After starting his career as a war reporter for Combat — the legendary newspaper founded by Albert Camus during the Nazi occupation of France — Lévy founded the New Philosophers group. His 1977 book Barbarism with a Human Face launched an unprecedented controversy over the European left’s complicity with totalitarianism. Lévy’s cultural commentary, novels and journalism have continued to stir up such excitement that The Guardian noted he is “accorded the kind of adulation in France that most countries reserve for their rock stars." 

Lévy has undertaken several diplomatic missions for the French government. He was appointed by French President Jacques Chirac to head a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan in 2002 in the wake of the war against the Taliban, a war that Lévy supported.

He has traveled to the world’s most troubled areas. He followed the trail of Daniel Pearl in Pakistan to research his book Who Killed Daniel Pearl? (2003). A subsequent book, War, Evil, and the End of History (2004), took him to the sites of what he calls the world's forgotten wars, from Colombia to Sri Lanka, and from Burundi to Nuba Mountains. His reportage and commentary from Israel during the 2006 Lebanon war appeared to wide acclaim, in among others, the New York Times Magazine. And, after an extensive, clandestine visit to Darfur in 2007, he reported on the ethnic cleansing and genocide there for Le Monde and The Financial Times. His first-hand account of the fall of Moammar Gaddafi in Libya appeared in the form of a writer’s journal (La Guerre sans l’aimer, 2012) and a documentary film (The Oath of Tobruk, which debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival).

In June 2016, he released a new documentary, Peshmerga. This "war movie" (Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival 2016) was filmed, from early July to late November 2015, along the 1000 kilometer of frontline separating the Iraqi Kurds from the Islamic State. It premiered at the New York Jewish Film Festival in January 2017. Lévy is now at work on a new film, The Battle of Mosul. Read Less ^

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The Genius of Judaism

Using his personal journey of reclaiming his Jewish identity, Bernard-Henri Levy presents a new perspective on Judaism as it exists in the present day.  He confronts new forms of anti-Semitism with a unique understanding of what it means to be a Jew.  Bernard-Henri Levy analyzes the complex nature of Judaism and its role in current world events.  By linking his own identity to his adventurous spirit and goodwill, Levy inspires others to find their own way to embody Judaism. 

Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism

American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville

The Rise & Fall of Anti-Americanism

What is the New Meaning of America in the World? Why It Still is a Great Nation

Is America Still an Empire? Where does it Figure in with Emerging Superpowers China & India?

The War on Terror in US, Europe & the Middle East

Who Killed Daniel Pearl?

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Left in Dark Times

American Vertigo

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