Bernard-Henri Levy: Biography highlights

Bernard-Henri Lévy is one of the most highly acclaimed philosophers, journalists, activists and best-selling authors in Europe today. A celebrated thinker, his works of philosophy, fiction, and biography included in his over 30 books, have made him one of the world’s most admired intellectuals.

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Bernard-Henri Levy’s Background

Lévy’s cultural commentary, novels and journalism create such excitement that “The Guardian” noted he is “accorded the kind of adulation in France that most countries reserve for their rock stars.” Lévy’s appeal bridges high intellect and low brow pop culture. Referred as just “BHL” in France, and known for his trademark elegance and suave appearance, he is one of the few who has served as both one of the world’s most influential intellectuals and on Vanity’s Fair’s 2005 International Best Dressed List.” His character and philosophical provocation has led the magazine to call him “superman and prophet: we have no equivalent in the United States.”

Now Lévy has crossed the Atlantic with his newest book “American Vertigo: Travelling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville”, a bestseller on the lists of “The New York Times” and many other newspapers. With incredible insight, Lévy offers up a sympathetic view of America through foreign eyes. His experiences in America go against the grain of French and American discord, causing him to advocate for the United States as a model of a democracy worldwide.

Deemed a flamboyant intellectual maverick who is an advocate of ethics and justice, Lévy was proclaimed leader of the New Philosophers, a group who broke away from the Marxist ideology dominating 1960s France and the hard-line French left typified by Jean-Paul Sartre. During this time, he solidified his relationship as a new voice with his revolutionary book “Barbarism with a Human Face”.

Maintaining an outspoken streak of activism, his reflection of the state of race relations within Europe and in the United States are considered highly observant. Lévy also serves as co-founder of the antiracist group “SOS Racism”, and “Action Internationale Contre la Faim”. In addition, Lévy has held several diplomatic positions with the French government and in 2002, French President Jacques Chirac appointed him to head a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan in the wake of the war against the Taliban.

Originally a war reporter for Combat, the legendary newspaper founded by Albert Camus during the Nazi occupation of France, Lévy covered the war between Pakistan and India over Bangladesh. As a journalist who has travelled extensively within the Middle East, he has written several books about Islam and the region including his stunning “Who Killed Daniel Pearl?” and “Red India”. As a filmmaker, he has travelled into the world of conflict in his documentaries “Bosna!” and “A Day in the Death of Sarajevo”.

 

 

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Bernard Henri Lévy: The Genius of Judaism
Bernard Henri Lévy: The Genius of Judaism
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Can Europe Survive the New Wave of Populism? | Google Zeitgeist
Can Europe Survive the New Wave of Populism? | Google Zeitgeist
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Bernard-Henri Lévy with Charlie Rose: Why Judaism Matters
Bernard-Henri Lévy with Charlie Rose: Why Judaism Matters
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Bernard-Henri Levy: For a stable Middle East, we need an independent Kurdistan
Bernard-Henri Levy: For a stable Middle East, we need an independent Kurdistan
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'Europe might be dying': Bernard-Henri Levy - BBC Newsnight
'Europe might be dying': Bernard-Henri Levy - BBC Newsnight
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