Excellent review of Paulette’s book with an overview of the Dreyfus Affair and Emile Zola’s part in it.

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to-live-out-loud-front-promo-copyThis is an extremely compelling fictionalization of the story of convicted French spy/traitor, Alfred Dreyfus (Jan. 1895), and the part in his exoneration played by French author/journalist, Émile Zola.  Dreyfus, a French Jew, had climbed up in the military at a time when anti-semitic feelings were running high.  Despite the fact that France had passed a Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789 which guaranteed freedom of religion, the Catholic church, some newspapers, and definitely, the military establishment, saw the Jews as a threat to French security and the Catholic religion.  When a document was uncovered revealing that someone highly placed was passing information to the German embassy, army intelligence leaped to the assumption that Dreyfus was guilty because he was a Jew.  Émile Zola was present when

Dreyfus was paraded out into the courtyard of the École Militaire on the Champ de Mars…

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