On 7 November 2018, He is being honored by the American Media Abroad Award for “his powerful and moving documentary films Peshmerga and The Battle of Mosul that embody his passionate commitment to bringing the world’s attention to the Kurdish fight against ISIS and the values which this fight and Kurdistan represent.”
On 5 November 2018, in New York, at the famous Public Theatre, he staged in a one-night-only performance of his play “Looking for Europe.” This event has been sold out in one hour.
On 24 October 2018, Bernard-Henri Lévy publishes L’Oeil du Cyclone (The Eye of the Cyclone). The latest in the series “Questions de principe,” the work is a collection of his weekly columns appearing in the magazine Le Point between 2012 and 2018. The columns are translated into many languages and appear in periodicals throughout the world.
On 4 April 2018, Bernard-Henri Lévy publishes L’empire et les Cinq Rois (Grasset; The Empire and the Five Kings; Holt, February 2019). The Nouvel Observateur writes, “Does the West’s betrayal of the Kurds signal the decline of America and the rise of barbarism? That is the thesis of Bernard-Henri Lévy’s new essay.” It appears 40 years after his La Barbarie à visage humain, in which he offered his reading of contemporary forms of barbarity.
On 4 June 2018, BHL again pleads the case against Brexit in a special production of an English adaptation of his play, Hotel Europe, staged in London’s legendary Cadogan Hall. Britain is scheduled to finalize its exit from the European Union on 4 June 2019.
A synopsis of the play:
From Auschwitz to the siege of Sarajevo, from the origins of the European idea to the fate of the refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, a French author closeted in a hotel room travels through time, mining his memory to produce a speech on Europe’s destiny and to beg the United Kingdom to remain in the Union. He shares his impassioned views on our common European identity, Europe’s history, and her victories and defeats. From Shakespeare to JK Rowling via Locke, Churchill, the Beatles, Stephen Hawking, and countless others, the British have been the France’s and Germany’s key partners in building the idea of Europe.
On 17 June 2018, Bernard-Henri Lévy is awarded an honorary doctorate from Netanya Academic College in Israel.