The philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy has been a fixture on French television screens for decades. His commentary has been mocked, criticized, supported and lauded. Whether in writing, performing or speaking, he has no intention of slowing down.

B.H.L., as the French call him, published a new book, “The Empire and the Five Kings: America’s Abdication and the Fate of the World,” in February and now appears in a one-man play “Looking for Europe.” The play, an update of a show Mr. Lévy originally performed in Sarajevo more than a decade ago, will be performed in 22 cities across Europe.

Both the book and play assess the United States’s retreat as a global leader and examine the crumbling trans-Atlantic alliance between the United States and Europe. The tour ends in May, when the European Parliament elections begin.

Is there any city you are particularly looking forward to visiting?

All of them, but there is one that is particularly important to me: Gdansk, Poland. I chose it because of the mayor, who was assassinated there. Pawel Adamowicz is the one who invited me. I chose Gdansk over Warsaw and Krakow because of him. I knew him well. His assassination is a heartbreaking tragedy and the performance there, for me, will be more than a performance. It will be a night of mourning and celebration of him.

When you travel, do you read, write, sleep or watch movies?

I do not live very differently when I travel and when I don’t, which means I do my duty. My duty is to read, to write and to fight. These are the three things that are my duty. Traveling and not traveling, this is what I do.

Do you prefer to travel on planes or trains?

I like trains because I like the idea of feeling the distance. Plane abolishes distance. It destroys the physical sense of covering the distance, or devouring the distance. The train like the car helps you to have the physical feeling in your body of the materiality of the space. That is the most honest and exhilarating way to travel.

When you do take planes, do you use Wi-Fi?

I’m annoyed by Wi-Fi. One of the few advantages of planes was that at last you were cut from this universal communication. Now with Wi-Fi even the space of freedom from social networks is taken from you. This is a disaster.

Do you travel with books?

I travel with a lot of books. Too many. I broke so often my back with my bags full of books. I always bring a lot more than I can read.

Wouldn’t putting them on an e-reader of some sort make it easier?

I have a Kindle, but I am old school. I like the physical contact with the paper. I like the smell of the paper. I like to be able to devour the book, to take notes in the margin. The physical sense of crossing the book is the same as traveling a landscape.

What kind of luggage are all those books traveling in — a backpack, a duffel, a rolling suitcase or something else?

Never a rolling suitcase. I have a feeling that the day someone will see me with rolling luggage it must mean that a bad period is starting for me. Anyone who would see me in the next weeks, months, years, decades, with a rolling suitcase should know that things are not going well for me. It’s self indulging. I have two big black leather bags of French design. Louis Vuitton. I can put my books in there and a few shirts in them. I am always dressed the same way — you know my white shirts — so it’s easy for me. And I travel with the current manuscript.

Carry-on or checked luggage?

I never check my luggage. I always have two or three bags on me. At least two. I have them with me because I’ve not the patience to wait for them because my books are too precious. I would hate to lose them.

Where are your favorite places to travel to?

The places I discover. I am really a traveler. I love to move. The biggest excitement for me is to discover a new place, a new country, a new rhythm in the air. The most exciting travel is always the travel of tomorrow.

What’s the most exciting trip you’ve been on in the last year?

I went to Brazil after the election of Bolsonaro, who is to me, a fascist. I was happy to be there with the brave citizens of Brazil who were democratically protesting and lamenting against the election of the stupid, brutal man.


(ITALY) Bernard-Henri Lévy: “L’Europa sta morendo, il populismo sta vincendo. Farò di tutto per evitarlo”, La Stampa, 21 janvier 2019.

(SWITZERLAND) Bernard Henri-Lévy en « croisade pour l’Europe » par le biais d’un spectacle, Chrystel Domenjoz, RTS, 23 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henry Lévy representa ‘Looking for Europe’ en el Teatre Coliseum de Barcelona, Artezblai, 25 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy: “Mi querida Barcelona es la capital del populismo”, Leticia Blanco, El Mundo, 29 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy sitúa a Barcelona “entre las capitales del populismo”, Catalunya Europa Press, 29 janvier 2019.

(GERMANY) Bernard-Henri Lévy: “Kurz ist Macrons Gegenteil”, Anne-Catherine Simon, Die Presse, 29 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) Boadella actuará junto a Bernard-Henry Lévy en Barcelona, Jacinto Antón, El País, 30 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy debutará en el Olympia, A. J. C./S. Dos Santos, Levante, 30 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) “El fascismo está arraigado en cada uno de nosotros”, Álex Vicente, El País, 30 janvier 2019.

(ITALY) Volta è partner dello spettacolo “Looking for Europe”, di e con Bernard-Henri Levy, Volta, 30 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy: «Las elecciones europeas son una forma de combatir el populismo», Julian Herrero, La Razon, 31 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy: “Puigdemont ha escupido en la cara a España y a la democracia en Europa”, Rafa Latorre, El Mundo, 31 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) “Populismos y nacionalismos debilitan a Europa ante Putin”, Víctor-M. Amela, La Vanguardia, 31 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy, cooked in seva tinta, Sebastia Alzamora,, 31 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy: “O la derecha española lucha a muerte contra Vox o será devorada”, Daniel Arjona, El Confidencial, 31 janvier 2019.

(SPAIN) Populismos y nacionalismos destrozando España, José Apezarena, El Confidencial, 1er février 2019.

(ITALY) ‘Looking for Europe’: Bernard-Henri Lévy porta in teatro la discussione sull’Europa. A Milano e in tournée, Maria Lucia Tangorra, Milano, 1er février 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy, un bombero contra el populismo pirómano, Nuria Navarro, El Periodico, 2 février 2019.

(ITALY) Bernard-Henri Levy: “Matteo Salvini è grottesco. L’Italia merita di più”, HuffPost, 3 février 2019.

(SPAIN) BHL: “Para Europa, Puigdemont es un bufón y Torra, una marioneta feliz de ser una marioneta”, Daniel Ramirez, El Español, 3 février 2019.

(ITALY) Bernard-Henri Lévy: «L’europa è anche una certa idea d’amore», Alessandra Coppola, Corriere della sera, 7 février 2019.

(SPAIN) El filósofo Bernard-Henri Levy trae al Teatro Olympia su ‘Looking for Europe’, Jimmy Entraigües, Horta noticias, 11 février 2019.

(ITALY) Via Salvini, “affidatevi a De Falco”, Massimiliano Lenzi, Il Tempo, 18 février 2019.

(HUNGARY) “Orbán is smarter than Trump” – Interview with Bernard-Henri Lévy, Kovacs Balint, Index, 26 février 2019.

(ITALY) Folla per Bernard-Henri Lévy: “L’europeismo esca dal silenzio”, Alberto Mattioli, La Stampa, 6 mars 2019.

(GERMANY) Bernard-Henri Levy: ,,Ich werde von Ihrem jungen Kanzler sprechen“, Tiroler Tageszeitung, 11 mars 2019.

(GERMANY) Bernard-Henri Levy: Kurz ist kein “österreichischer Macron”, Wolfgang Huber-Lang, Kleine Zeitung, 11 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) Lévy: “Vox quiere que las mujeres regresen en el tiempo, dice que tienen demasiados derechos”, El Español, 15 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy representa su « Looking for europe » en el Teatre Coliseum de Barcelona, Jussara Maria Pires de Moura, Estilo by Jussara Maria, 16 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) El huracán BHL llega a España contra los “gemelos populistas” de Vox y Podemos y el separatismo, Jesús Ossorio, El Español, 17 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy, filósofo: “Las democracias son ingobernables, los únicos países gobernables son totalitarios”, La Sexta, 17 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) “Vox y el independentismo son rostros gemelos”, Salva Torres, El Mundo, 17 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy: «No se puede responder sí o no en referéndum a siglos de memoria y de vínculos», Elena Cue, ABC Cultura, 17 mars 2019.

(GREECE) Ο Bernard-Henri Lévy στην Αθήνα, Times News, 19 mars 2019.

(GERMANY) Bernard-Henri Levy über den “kleinen Prinz des Populismus”, Salzburger Marchrichten, 19 mars 2022.

(GERMANY) Bernard-Henri Lévy findet schwarz-blaue Neuauflage schlimmer als Original, DerStandard, 19 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy: “A Catalunya no hi ha cap conflicte. Seria un desastre”, Rosana Martínez, Betevé, 21 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) Exhibicionismo teatral e intelectual de Bernard-Henri Lévy, Ferran Bono, El País, 21 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) B.H. Lévy alerta en su estreno : « Los del mentón voluminoso vuelven a amenazar España », Begoña Donat, El Español, 21 mars 2019.

(GREECE) Μπερνάρ-Ανρί Λεβί : « Η αληθινά επαναστατική πράξη είναι να πάρουμε στα σοβαρά τη δημοκρατία », Giannis Pantazopoulos, Lifo, 22 mars 2019.

(GREECE) «Η αναζήτηση για την Ευρώπη περνά από την Αθήνα», Κεφαλά Αλεξία, Ta Nea, 22 mars 2019.

(GREECE) “Looking for Europe:- Το οραματικό θεατρικό έργο του Μπερνάρ Ανρί Λεβί για την Ευρώπη και ο ρόλος για τον Αλέξη Τσίπρα, Anatropi News, 24 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) Bravo-Hermano Liberal, Pedro J. Ramírez, El Español, 24 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) Bernard-Henri Lévy une a Cs, PSC y PP en su alegato contra los extremos en Barcelona, Justo Martín, El Español, 25 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) Albert Boadella vuelve a Barcelona 12 años después, Metropoli Abierta, 25 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) BHL lleva a Barcelona la catarsis desenmascarando al “trío satánico”: Iglesias, Abascal y Puigdemont, Javier Dale, El Español, 26 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) BHL invoca el “no pasarán” frente a Abascal, Iglesias y Puigdemont, Daniel Ramírez, El Español, 27 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) Y Boadella volvió, Miquel Giménez, Vozpopuli, 27 mars 2019.

(SPAIN) « Looking for Europe / Bernard-Henri Lévy », Gabriel Sevilla, Artezblai, 27 mars 2019.

(RUSSIA) Турбулентная реальность. Бернар-Анри Леви: “Весь мир, а не только Европа, находится в большой опасности”, Anastasia Platonova, Фокус, 28 mars 2019.

(HUNGARY) Lévy aggódik Európa jövőjéért, Euronews, 2 avril 2019.

(GERMANY) Philosoph Lévy tourt mit Pro-Europa-Theaterstück durch die EU, Euronews, 2 avril 2019.

(GREECE) Υμνεί Τσίπρα, κατηγορεί Τραμπ, Πούτιν και Μέι ο γάλλος φιλόσοφος Λεβί, Ioannis Giagkinis, Euronews, 4 avril 2019.

(DANEMARK) « Nogle gange tager folket fejl. Vi skal redde EU for at redde demokratiet », Pierre Collignon, Berlingske, 6 avril 2019.

(PORTUGAL) « A Europa segundo Bernard-Henri Lévy », Clara Ferreira Alves, Expresso, 6 avril 2019.

(PORTUGAL) « Filósofo francês Bernard-Henri Lévy: “Portugal é o lado luminoso da Europa” », TVI, 8 avril 2019.

(HUNGARY) « A fiatal Orbán, aki hitt az emberi jogokban, már nincs többé », Euronews, 9 avril 2019.

(GERMANY) « Auf der suche nach Europa », Von Carmen Gräf, Kultur Radio, 11 avril 2019.

(HUNGARY) « Bernard-Henri Lévy: Fogalmam sincs, Orbán miért akart velem beszélgetni », Magyar Hang, Lakner David, 11 avril 2019.

(GERMANY) « Wird sich Europa mit dem schlimmsten abfinden? », Die Welt, 11 avril 2019.

(GERMANY) « Überall habe ich echte Begeisterung für Europa erlebt », Deutschlandfunk, 14 avril 2019.

(PORTUGAL) « Bernard-Henri Lévy empunha Marcelo como arma contra o populismo », Contacto, 14 avril 2019.

(PORTUGAL) « Bernard-Henri Lévy quer “capitães de abril” na “ode à Europa” que traz a Lisboa », Diário de Notícias, 16 avril 2019.

(PORTUGAL) « Marcela é “Muralha simbolica” » contra crescimento do populismo – Bernard-Henri Lévy, Impala, 16 avril 2019.

(GERMANY) « Bernard-Henri Lévy in Berlin. Drei aspirin und eine kurpackung Husserl », Gregor Dotzauer, Der Tagesspiegel, 16 avril 2019.

(PORTUGAL) « Notre-Dame. “Foi uma parte da cultura europeia que se esfumou no incêndio” », João Céu e Silva, Diário de Notícias, 17 avril 2019.

(PORTUGAL) Bernard-Henri Lévy: “As redes sociais metem as nossas memórias num ‘offshore’”, Leonardo Ralha, O Jornal Económico, 29 avril 2019.

(SPAIN) Marcelo e Costa recebem segunda-feira o filósofo francês Bernard-Henri Lévy, Miguel Dantas, Publico, 5 mai 2019.

(CZECH REPUBLIC) « Evropu nejvíce oslabuje nedostatek odvahy a malomyslnost, říká Bernard-Henri Lévy », Zita Senková, Vltava, 6 mai 2019.

(CZECH REPUBLIC) « Smutné konstatování Honzejka z Hospodářek: Havel už se vrátit nemůže », Parlamentni Listy, 7 mai 2019.

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