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The philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy brings to the Olympia Theater his ‘Looking for Europe’

By Jimmy Entraigües

Published on Monday, February 11, 2019

La obra de teatro, escrita e interpretada por el escritor y filósofo francés Bernard-Henri Lévy, se encuentra inmersa en una gira por 20 ciudades europeas cosechando una viva e interesante reacción tanto de la crítica como del público asistente. La representación podrá verse el próximo 20 de marzo en el Olympia.

« […] ¿Empezará por la mitología griega? ¿Por la filosofía alemana? ¿Por la manera en que la idea de Europa, desde hace medio siglo, ha hecho la guerra a la guerra, a la tiranía totalitaria, a la miseria? »

« […] Está a punto de tirar la toalla cuando, en el quinto acto, se produce un golpe de efecto poético en que los buenos fantasmas de Dante, Goethe y Václav Havel vienen a recordarle que lo peor aún no es cierto y que todavía queda una vía para salir del populismo. »

Himno a una Europa soñada, intento de resucitar el espíritu de Spinoza, de los novelistas del Imperio austro-húngaro, de Lech Walesa o de Picasso, ‘Looking for Europe’ es una representación que, a pocas semanas de las elecciones europeas, invita a la resistencia y a la esperanza. »

Read more : https://www.hortanoticias.com/el-filosofo-bernard-henri-levy-trae-al-teatro-olympia-su-looking-for-europe/

Bernard-Henri Lévy : « Europe is also a certain idea of love »

By Alessandra Coppola

Published on Thursday, February 07, 2019

Interview with the French philosopher, author and protagonist of a theatrical show against populism (“It is leprosy: it must be fought”). Explain : “We no longer believe in democracy”, intellectuals “are not disconnected from the people, but from ideas”. And on the EU crisis : “It is above all the fruit of an economic attack. In order not to succumb, we need even more Europe ».

Read more : https://www.corriere.it/sette/19_febbraio_07/bernard-henri-levy-l-europa-anche-certa-idea-d-amore-ee99e8bc-2a1c-11e9-aff1-844956f99687.shtml?intcmp=googleamp&refresh_ce-cp

BHL : “For Europe, Puigdemont is a buffoon and Torra, a puppet happy to be a puppet”

By Daniel Ramirez

Published on Sunday, February 03, 2019

« Comparing Torra and Mussolini is not exaggerated, both animalize their opponents » / « If PP and Cs agree with Vox they will win the battle to lose the war, the solution is to lose today to win historically »

« […] Desencantado del Mayo del 68, Lévy se convirtió en uno de los filósofos más renombrados hace ya cuatro décadas. Con las traducciones llegó el éxito internacional, que España conoció gracias a La Clave, en TVE. Aquel día de 1979, ante la mirada incrédula de Tierno Galván, BHL –así se le conoce– echó un rapapolvos a Santiago Carrillo que, por su dureza, fue borrado de los archivos.

Se sabe influyente y lo disfruta. Charla con Macron vía WhatsApp y ha reunido a Vargas Llosa, Kundera o Saviano en un manifiesto europeísta de su cosecha. Extraordinario polemista y también colaborador de este periódico, Lévy encumbra una característica del marxismo que tanto detesta: la preponderancia de la praxis. Los libros están bien, pero el liberalismo europeo necesita pulir su seducción, conectar con el pueblo. Él ya se ha puesto manos a la obra. Sus citas con España son estas: Valencia (20 de marzo), Barcelona (25 de marzo) y Madrid (26 de marzo). »

Read more : https://www.elespanol.com/opinion/20190203/bhl-europa-puigdemont-bufon-torra-marioneta-feliz/372964047_0.html

Bernard-Henri Lévy : “It is midnight minus five to save Europe”

By Maxime Dumoulin

Published on Saturday, February 02, 2019

At the approach of the European elections of May 26, he decided to campaign to « rebuild the European project and denounce populism ». He presents his tour Looking for Europe which will stop in Brussels on March 7th.

« […] Mais pourquoi l’Europe va-t-elle mal ? Trois raisons, pour l’écrivain. « Il y a autour de la table une demi-douzaine de gugusses (MM. Orban, Salvini…) qui sont des anti-européens convaincus. A l’extérieur se trouvent des marionnettistes qui instrumentalisent les premiers ». 

« […] Et c’est pour ça que Bernard-Henri Lévy a écrit cette pièce, dit-il. Pour montrer que l’Europe peut, si elle est unie, régler de nombreuses problématiques. Il évoque l’impôt sur la fortune et le revenu minimum garanti. Autant d’idées, selon lui, qui n’ont de sens que chapeautées par l’Union Européenne, à l’échelle européenne. « Je vais démontrer en scène que l’Europe est LA solution aux problèmes sociaux des plus déshérités », conclut BHL. »

Read more : https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_bernard-henri-levy-il-est-minuit-moins-cinq-pour-sauver-l-europe?id=10134834

Bernard-Henri Lévy, a firefighter against pyromaniac populism

By Nuria Navarro

Published on Saturday, February 02, 2019

The French philosopher will present his idea of ​​Europe at the Coliseum on March 25, just before the elections. Here goes a modest dictionary before the manguerazo of his thought.

« […] Bien, pues a sus 70 años, […] se ha trasmutado en ‘showman’, paseando por teatros de Occidente su monólogo, ‘Looking for Europe’, justo antes de las elecciones de mayo. La razón para embarcarse en esta empresa: “Veo fuego en mi casa”. […] 

La ‘performance’ político-filosófica de Lévy llegará al Coliseum de Barcelona el 25 de marzo –el 20 habrá pasado por València y el 26 viajará a Madrid–, auspiciado aquí por Josep Ramon Bosch, presidente de Societat Civil Catalana; con el contrapunto escénico de Albert Boadella, actor tan reactivo como la cetona que ha visto aquí la ocasión de ‘volver a casa’, y con el mullido cojín de un manifiesto previo, ‘Europa en llamas’, que han firmado una treintena de alérgicos a la izquierda obrera como Mario Vargas Llosa, Fernando Savater, Milan Kundera o Salman Rushdie. »

Read more : https://www.elperiodico.com/es/mas-periodico/20190202/bernard-henri-levy-el-populismo-es-mortifero-7276854

Bernard-Henri Lévy : “Either the Spanish right fights to death against Vox or it will be devoured”

By Daniel Arjona

Published on Thursday, January 31, 2019

The hyperactive French philosopher presents a manifesto and a theatrical tour to call the union of the “European patriots” against the new nationalist populisms.

« […] Es probablemente el filósofo más hiperactivo y mediático de Francia. No hay causa justa, manifiesto urgente o envite ilustrado a los que no se apunte Bernard-Henri Lévy (Beni Saf, Argelia, 1948). Siempre desde el espacio de la democracia liberal y el europeísmo feroz, antaño amplio y habitable y hoy cada vez más cercado por los nuevos populismos extremos a diestras y siniestras, el pensador ha visitado esta semana Barcelona y Madrid para presentar sus nuevos proyectos.

El primero es un manifiesto titulado ‘La Casa Europea, en llamas’, firmado por 30 intelectuales y “patriotas europeos” como Anne Applebaum, David Grossman, Elfriede Jelinek, Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, Roberto Saviano, Fernando Savater o Mario Vargas Llosa. ¿Su objetivo? Llamar a la defensa de un continente unido, próspero y libre, ante las próximas elecciones europeas de mayo: “Es preciso desde hoy con urgencia que suene la alarma contra los incendiarios de almas que, desde París a Roma, pasando por Dresde, Barcelona, Budapest, Viena y Varsovia, juegan con el fuego de nuestras libertades”.

El segundo proyecto del filósofo es un monólogo teatral titulado ‘Looking for Europe’ que iniciará su gira en Marzo y en el que Lévy encarnará a un intelectual sitiado en un hotel de Sarajevo que debe escribir un discurso sobre Europa. Por cierto que en la parte española de la gira hará un cameo su amigo Albert Boadella. »

Read more : https://www.elconfidencial.com/cultura/2019-01-31/bernard-henri-levy-looking-for-europa-populismo_1794410/

Populisms and nationalisms weaken Europe before Putin

By Victor-M. Amela

Published on Thursday, January 31, 2019

I am 70 years old. I was born in Algeria and I live in Paris. I’m married, but I do not give more family details, for security. My political thinking? I am liberal, democratic and European. Religion? More doubts than beliefs. Barcelona: preserve your coexistence and joy in the face of nationalist sadness.

« […] En un debate de La clave en la TVE de 1979 sobre el marxismo vi al treintañero Bernard-Henri Lévy –joven filósofo liberal que soliviantaba a la izquierda francesa– vapulear a Santiago Carrillo. Cuarenta años después, critica a los populismos y los nacionalismos que zahieren a la vieja Europa ilustrada, demócrata y liberal. Por eso firma Manifiesto de los 30 (con otros pensadores y escritores europeos como Kundera y Savater), y por eso se subirá el 25 de marzo al escenario del teatro Coliseum de Barcelona con una pieza teatral suya unipersonal (una hora y media, en francés, subtitulada en español), un alegato liberal titulado Looking for Europe (Buscando a Europa). »

Read more : https://www.lavanguardia.com/lacontra/20190131/46111344538/populismos-y-nacionalismos-debilitan-a-europa-ante-putin.html

Bernard-Henri Lévy : “Puigdemont has spat on the face of Spain and European democracy”

By Rafa Latorre

Published on Thursday, January 31, 2019

« […] Bernard-Henri Lévy está a punto de emprender una especie de apostolado liberal. Ha escrito Looking for Europe (“Buscando a Europa”), un monólogo en el que interpreta a un intelectual que se devana los sesos durante una hora y media para escribir un discurso sobre Europa.

El afán del filósofo francés no es meramente artístico. La obra es una llamada a la acción frente al previsible rebrote nacionalista en las próximas elecciones al Parlamento Europeo. Lévy recorrerá 24 ciudades europeas, entre ellas las españolas Valencia (20 de marzo), Barcelona (25 de marzo) y Madrid (26 de marzo). »

Read more : https://www.elmundo.es/cultura/2019/01/31/5c51d1db21efa088638b460f.html

Boadella will be on stage with Bernard-Henry Lévy in Barcelone

By Jacinto Antón

Published on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The playwright will play the part of a Catalan separatist.

« […] Albert Boadella reapareció ayer en Cataluña volviendo inesperadamente de su exilio, porque le “da la gana”, para apoyar a Bernard-Henri Lévy en la presentación en Barcelona del espectáculo del filósofo Looking for Europe, un monólogo de 90 minutos que ofrecerá el 25 de marzo y en cuya adaptación a España participará excepcionalmente como actor el propio Boadella. »

Read more : https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/01/29/actualidad/1548790284_663297.html 

Bernard-Henri Lévy: “Those who believe in Europe can win”

By Anna Cabana and Hervé Gattegno

Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Bernard-Henri Lévy will be touring the continent next month to defend the European idea, “this unique democratic invention in the history of men” now threatened by fascism and fatalism.

« […] Le philosophe Bernard-Henri Lévy entame le mois prochain une tournée théâtrale dans 21 villes du continent pour défendre la cause de l’Europe – un spectacle monologué dont la première est prévue le 5 mars à Milan. «Ma pièce est une arme contre le découragement. J’ai la conviction que ceux qui croient en l’Europe peuvent encore l’emporter, s’ils le veulent, sur les naufrageurs illibéraux», affirme-t-il dans cette interview au Journal du Dimanche. «L’Europe est une idée, pas une ­religion. Et cette idée doit devenir un désir.»

Read more : https://laregledujeu.org/2019/01/29/34748/bernard-henri-levy-ceux-qui-croient-en-leurope-peuvent-gagner/

Appeal from European writers, philosophers and intellectuals : The European House is burning. We must immediately alert the spiritual firefighters who play with the fire of freedom

By Debatindlaeg

Published on Saturday, January 26, 2019

We must immediately, from today onwards, sound an alarm to the spiritual firefighters who, from Paris to Rome, play through Dresden, Barcelona, ​​Budapest, Vienna and Warsaw with the fire of freedom.

Read more : https://politiken.dk/debat/debatindlaeg/art7000359/Det-europæiske-hus-brænder.-Vi-må-straks-slå-alarm-over-for-de-åndelige-brandstiftere-der-leger-med-frihedens-ild

Fight for Europe !

Published on Saturday, January 26, 2019

WAR FOR EUROPE ! Invitation signed by great writers among them by Milan Kundera, Ismail Kadare, Orhan Pamuk and Vargas Llosa. The Continent faces the greatest challenge since the 1930s. We call on European patriots to resist nationalist attacks.


Read more : http://www.lajm.net/lufto-per-europen/

30 of the most famous intellectuals in the world call us to fight for civilization: They want to destroy our freedoms !

By Gabriel Kolbay

Published on Saturday, January 26, 2019

30 of the best-known intellectuals of the world sign a letter that draws the attention of all Europeans that their world will plunge into the dark if it does not fight against ignorance and populism now in the 12th clock to the European elections in May.

Read more : http://m.ziare.com/europa/30-dintre-cei-mai-cunoscuti-intelectuali-din-lume-ne-cheama-sa-luptam-pentru-civilizatie-vor-sa-ne-distruga-libertatile-1547214

European elections : the call for the “burst” of thirty writers

Published on Saturday, January 26, 2019

Led by the Frenchman Bernard-Henri Lévy, they call to mobilize against the “populist” wave that threatens the outcome of the elections next May.

« Le monde de la littérature veut réveiller les populations européennes. Dans une tribune à paraître samedi dans Libération, trente écrivains de différents pays, emmenés par le Français Bernard-Henri Lévy, appellent à un «  sursaut  » et à une véritable «  mobilisation  » dans le but d’éviter une «  vague  » populiste à la veille des élections européennes qui auront lieu en mai prochain. « L’Europe est en péril  », écrivent les signataires de ce «  manifeste pour un patriotisme européen  », parmi lesquels l’Israélien David Grossman, l’Autrichienne Elfriede Jelinek, l’Albanais Ismaïl Kadaré, le Tchèque naturalisé français Milan Kundera, le Britannique Salman Rushdie, l’Italien Roberto Saviano, le Turc Orhan Pamuk, le Péruvien Mario Vargas Llosa ou la Franco-Marocaine Leïla Slimani, qui ont répondu à l’appel de Bernard-Henri Lévy. »

Read more : https://www.lepoint.fr/elections-europeennes/elections-europeennes-l-appel-au-sursaut-de-trente-ecrivains-26-01-2019-2288951_2095.php

Europe ‘coming apart before our eyes’, say 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates

Published on Friday, January 25, 2019

Despite its ‘mistakes, lapses, and occasional acts of cowardice’, Europe remains ‘the second home of every free man and woman’.

« Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Brexit and nationalists look set to make sweeping gains in EU parliamentary elections.

The group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers, including the Guardian, that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”.

“We must now will Europe or perish beneath the waves of populism,” the document reads. “We must rediscover political voluntarism or accept that resentment, hatred, and their cortege of sad passions will surround and submerge us.” »

Read more : https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/europe-coming-apart-before-our-eyes-say-30-writers-historians-and-nobel-laureates-1.3771076

Fight for Europe – or the wreckers will destroy it

By Bernard-Henri Lévy, Milan Kundera, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk...

Published on Friday, January 25, 2019

The continent faces its biggest challenge since the 1930s. We urge European patriots to resist the nationalist onslaught.

« The idea of Europe is in peril.

From all sides there are criticisms, insults and desertions from the cause. » 

« […] Europe is being attacked by false prophets who are drunk on resentment, and delirious at their opportunity to seize the limelight. It has been abandoned by the two great allies who in the previous century twice saved it from suicide; one across the Channel and the other across the Atlantic. The continent is vulnerable to the increasingly brazen meddling by the occupant of the Kremlin. Europe as an idea is falling apart before our eyes. »

« […] Urgently, we need to sound the alarm against these arsonists of soul and spirit who, from Paris to Rome, with stops along the way in Barcelona, Budapest, Dresden, Vienna and Warsaw, want to make a bonfire of our freedoms. »

Read more : https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/25/fight-europe-wreckers-patriots-nationalist

Thirty writers whom BHL calls for a “start” for Europe

Published on Friday, January 25, 2019

Thirty writers from around the world, led by the French Bernard-Henri Levy, call for “mobilization” for the European elections in late May to avoid a “wave” populist, in a forum to appear Saturday in the daily Liberation.

« […] “Il faut, dès aujourd’hui, dans l’urgence, sonner l’alarme”, ajoutent-il, exhortant à “reprendre le flambeau d’une Europe qui, malgré ses manquements, ses errements et, parfois, ses lâchetés reste une deuxième patrie pour tous les hommes libres du monde”. »

Read more : http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2019/01/25/97001-20190125FILWWW00326-trente-ecrivain-dont-bhl-appellent-a-un-sursaut-pour-l-europe.php

Bernard Henri-Lévy in “Crusade for Europe” through a show

Published on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

French philosopher, director and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy is on the road to present his show “Looking for Europe” in twenty cities of the Old Continent. His way of “going into campaign”.

« […] Invité de La Matinale mercredi, Bernard-Henri Lévy entend “redonner des munitions idéologiques” aux europhiles qui pourraient se sentir découragés par le climat actuel, qui est plutôt au populisme. Ce faisant, il estime être dans son rôle d’intellectuel: “ça sert à ça, un spectacle comme celui-là”, précise-t-il.

BHL se dit heureux de commencer sa tournée par la Suisse (Genève, Lausanne). Car si le pays n’en fait pas partie, il a été, à bien des égards, l’inspirateur, “la matrice, l’ADN du meilleur de l’Europe”. »

Read more : https://www.rts.ch/info/culture/spectacles/10161448-bernard-henri-levy-en-croisade-pour-l-europe-par-le-biais-d-un-spectacle.html

Bernard Henri-Lévy in “Crusade for Europe” through a show

Published on Wednesday, January 23, 2019

French philosopher, director and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy is on the road to present his show “Looking for Europe” in twenty cities of the Old Continent. His way of “going into campaign”.

« […] BHL se dit heureux de commencer sa tournée par la Suisse (Genève, Lausanne). Car si le pays n’en fait pas partie, il a été, à bien des égards, l’inspirateur, “la matrice, l’ADN du meilleur de l’Europe”. »

Read more : https://www.rts.ch/info/culture/spectacles/10161448-bernard-henri-levy-en-croisade-pour-l-europe-par-le-biais-d-un-spectacle.html 

‘Please, please remain’: Bernard-Henri Lévy performs one-man Brexit play

By John Henley

Published on Tuesday, June 05, 2018

French showman-philosopher begs London audience to save the European project.

« […] A bemused audience of nearly 1,000 packed Cadogan Hall in London on Monday to hear the 69-year-old philosopher plead with Britain to remain in Europe, in English. »

« […] But for all its complex, lofty and undeniably Gallic bent, the play – a two-hour stream – of-consciousness monologue by a writer struggling in his hotel room to pen a Brexit conference speech about the tattered but still indispensable European dream – contained plenty of red meat. »

Bernard-Henri Lévy : ‘Brexit will not happen’

By Lloyd Evans

Published on Saturday, May 26, 2018

If Brexit happens, Europe will collapse. It cannot survive.

« […] He chose London for the play’s première because he regards Britain (or ‘England’, as he sometimes terms the UK) as the ‘beating heart of the European project’. ‘It is not just an additional piece. It is the main part of the DNA. Without England, Europe will be not Europe, it will be something else.’ »

Why a French Philosopher Wants to Stop Brexit

By Simon Kuper

Published on Friday, May 25, 2018

But is Bernard-Henri Lévy at odds with a France that sees opportunity in the UK’s departure?

« […] Like his British literary heroes Lord Byron and TE Lawrence, he [Bernard-Henri Lévy] is a man of action who aims to change the world. On June 4, backed by the Hexagon Society, a London-based French cultural charity, he will stage his one-man play Last Exit Before Brexit at London’s Cadogan Hall. »

« […] The play is a plea to Britain — or Angleterre (“England”), as BHL usually calls it — to realise that it’s the intellectual heart of Europe and should therefore stay in and help reform the “soulless” European Union. »

Bernard-Henri Lévy’s Brexit Lament

By Bryan Appleyard

Published on Sunday, May 20, 2018

France’s pre-eminent thinker; Bernard-Henri Lévy, says Britain is both the brain and beating heart of Europe; quitting would be such a catastrophe for all, he has written a play to persuade us to stop.

« […] Now his play – Last Exit before Brexit – is his attempt to make us change our minds. »

« […] The speech is hauted by real imagined charachters. So he dreams of a perferct cabinet — Michel Houellebecq, the notorious French noveliste, would be, for some reason, minister for animal welfare. Minister of religion would be the militant atheist Christopher Hitchens who was, in a way, the one British public intellectual with the scope, chutzpah and style of Lévy. » « […] There is a greatness about Lévy, a certain French glory. His liberal fervour is mesmeric and genuine; he wants you to be engagead and you have to be at your best either to agree or desagree. He is also physically courageous, an English adventurer, a political romantic. »