Cover of the book The Will To See by Bernard-Henri Lévy
Cover of the book The Will To See by Bernard-Henri Lévy

Bernard-Henri Lévy


The Will to See

Dispatches from a World of Misery and Hope

208 pages

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300260557

Translator: Steven B. Kennedy

Issue date: October 2021

An unflinching look at the most urgent humanitarian crises around the globe, from one of the world’s most daring philosopher-reporters.

Over the past fifty years, renowned public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy has reported extensively on human rights abuses around the world. This new book follows the intrepid Lévy into eight international hotspots—in Nigeria; Syrian and Iraqi Kurdistan; Ukraine; Somalia; Bangladesh; Lesbos, Greece; Libya; and Afghanistan—that have escaped global attention or active response.

In a deeply personal introduction, Lévy recounts the intellectual journey that led him to advocacy, arguing that a truly humanist philosophy must necessarily lead to action in defense of the most vulnerable. In the second section, he reports on the eight investigative trips he undertook just before or during the coronavirus pandemic, from the massacred Christian villages in Nigeria to a dangerously fragile Afghanistan on the eve of the Taliban talks, from an anti-Semitic ambush in Libya to the overrun refugee camp on the island of Lesbos. Part manifesto, part missives from the field, this new book is a stirring rebuke to indifference and an exhortation to level our gaze at those most hidden from us.

Praise

This is a book born out of an extraordinary life, much of it spent plunging into the world’s most troubled and crucial places, a life committed to an internationalism that is not owned by the powerful, and to visions of France, Europe and liberty that can’t be understood by bureaucrats. A passionate, engaged book that combines philosophy, war reportage, and autobiography, the creation of a brilliant , brave and passionate mind.

Fierce and elegant, Lévy’s musings will be of profound interest to any reader of modern continental philosophy.

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