Against the Pollution of the I: Selected Writings of Jacques Lusseyran

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Parabola Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 180 pages
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Six little-known essays by the blind French author and Resistance leader Jacques Lusseyran, gathered together for the first time in English. Four of the six essays are based on Lusseyran's experiences both during and after university life as a professor of literature and philosophy in Europe and in the United States.

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Blind in Society
20
Blindness a New Seeing of the World
51
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Jacques Lusseyran was born in Paris, France on September 19, 1924. He became totally blind in a school accident at the age of 8. In the spring of 1941, at the age of 17, he formed a Resistance group called the Volunteers of Liberty with 52 other boys. The group later merged with another Resistance group called Défense de la France. On July 20, 1943, he was betrayed by a member of his resistance group and arrested by the Gestapo. He was sent to Buchenwald and was liberated in April 1945. After World War II, he became a professor of French literature at Case Western Reserve University. He wrote several books including Against the Pollution of the I: Selected Writings of Jacques Lusseyran and And There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II. He died in a car accident on July 27, 1971.

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