Pascal Bruckner

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Pascal Bruckner is a French
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After studies at the university Paris I and Paris VII Diderot, and then at the École Pratique des Hautes Études
École pratique des hautes études
The École pratique des hautes études is a Grand Établissement in Paris, France. It is counted among France's most prestigious research and higher education institutions....

, Bruckner became maître de conférences at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and collaborator at the Nouvel Observateur.

Bruckner began writing in the vein of the so-called "nouveaux philosophes" and counts among their best known French proponents. He published Parias (Parias), Lunes de Fiel
Bitter Moon
Bitter Moon is a 1992 film starring Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner and Peter Coyote and directed by Roman Polanski. The film is known as in France. The script is inspired by a book with the same name, written by the French author Pascal Bruckner. The score was composed by...

(adapted to film by Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski is a French-Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers."...

) and Les voleurs de beauté (The beauty stealers) (Prix Renaudot
Prix Renaudot
The Prix Théophraste-Renaudot or Prix Renaudot is a French literary award which was created in 1926 by ten art critics awaiting the results of the deliberation of the jury of the Prix Goncourt....

 in 1997). Among essays, La tentation de l'innocence (Temptation of innocence) (Prix Médicis
Prix Médicis
The Prix Médicis is a French literary award given each year in November. It was founded in 1958 by Gala Barbisan and Jean-Pierre Giraudoux. It is awarded to an author whose "fame does not yet match his talent."...

 in 1995) and, famously, Le Sanglot de l'Homme blanc (The Tears of the White Man), an attack on narcissistic and destructive policies intended to benefit the Third World, and more recently "La tyrannie de la pénitence" (2006), an essay on the West's endless self-criticism, translated as "The Tyranny of Guilt" (2010).

From 1992 to 1999, he was an active supporter of the Croatian, Bosnian and Kosovar causes against Serbian aggression. He supported the 1999 NATO bombings of Serbian forces led by Milosevic. In 2003, he supported the toppling of Saddam Hussein by the US forces but later criticized the mistakes of the American army and the use of torture in Abu Graib and Guantanamo.

Criticism of multiculturalism

Bruckner's polemic stance against multiculturalism
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 has kindled an international debate. In an article titled "Enlightenment fundamentalism or racism of the anti-racists?", he defends in particular Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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 by criticizing other articles by Ian Buruma
Ian Buruma
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 and Timothy Garton Ash
Timothy Garton Ash
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. According to Bruckner, modern philosophers from Heidegger to Gadamer, Derrida, Max Horkheimer
Max Horkheimer
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 and Theodor Adorno have mounted a broad attack on the Enlightenment, claiming that "all the evils of our epoch were spawned by this philosophical and literary episode: capitalism, colonialism, totalitarianism." Bruckner agrees that the history of the twentieth century attests to the fanaticism of modernity, but argues that the modern thought that issued from the Enlightenment proved capable of criticizing its own errors, and that "Denouncing the excesses of the Enlightenment in the concepts that it forged means being true to its spirit."

Le Sanglot de l'Homme blanc

Le Sanglot de l'Homme blanc (The Tears of the White Man), published by the Éditions le Seuil in May 1983, subtitled "Third World, culpability and self-hatred", was a controversial opus. The author describes what he sees as the anti-Western and pro-Third-World sentimentalism of some of the Left in the West. The essay had an influence on a whole trend of thought, especially on Maurice Dantec and Michel Houellebecq
Michel Houellebecq
Michel Houellebecq , born Michel Thomas, 26 February 1958—or 1956 —on the French island of Réunion, is a controversial and award-winning French author, filmmaker and poet. To admirers he is a writer in the tradition of literary provocation that reaches back to the Marquis de Sade and Baudelaire;...



  • Parias: roman, Seuil, 1985, ISBN 9782020087322
  • Lunes de fiel: roman, Seuil, 1981, ISBN 9782020058568
    • Evil angels: a novel, Grove Press, 1987, ISBN 9780394541389
  • Les voleurs de beauté: roman, B. Grasset, 1997
  • Lunes de fiel: roman, Seuil, 1981, ISBN 9782020058568
  • Le divin enfant: roman, Seuil, 1992, ISBN 9782020132152
    • The Divine Child, Rupa & Co., 2005, ISBN 9788129103024


  • La tentation de l'innocence, Grasset, 1995, ISBN 9782253139270

  • Le Sanglot de l'Homme blanc, Éditions du Seuil, 1983; Simon & Schuster, 1986, ISBN 9780029041604
    • The Tears of the White Man: Compassion As Contempt, The Free Press, 1986, ISBN 9780029041604
  • La tyrannie de la pénitence, Grasset, 2006, ISBN 9782246641612


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