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Joseph Frank

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239252

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239252.001.0001

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Nicola Chiaromonte: The Ethics of Politics

Nicola Chiaromonte: The Ethics of Politics

(p.86) 7. Nicola Chiaromonte: The Ethics of Politics
Responses to Modernity

Joseph Frank

Fordham University Press

André Malraux immortalized the essence of Nicola Chiaromonte in the character of Scali in L'Espoir (Man's Hope). A refugee from fascist Italy, living in Paris in the 1930s, Chiaromonte was a member of Malraux's squadron in the Spanish Loyalist Air Force, and it is in the pages of Malraux's great novel that he will always remain a living presence. In the early 1950s, Chiaromonte stood out among the clever, febrile French intellectuals and was very much a part of the French scene in those days, the days when French Existentialism was still trying to work out the foundations for a new philosophy of libertarian, democratic socialism. All of his writings are fundamentally concerned with politics. Just a year or two before he died, Chiaromonte collected a number of essays and wove them together into a book called The Paradox of History. The subject of this work—which contains chapters on Stendhal, Leo Tolstoy, Roger Martin du Gard, Malraux, and Boris Pasternak—is his perennial theme: The relation of politics and ethics.

Keywords:   André Malraux, Nicola Chiaromonte, politics, ethics, Paradox of History, Stendhal, Leo Tolstoy, French Existentialism, Boris Pasternak

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