Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A piece of prescience from Jean-Claude Izzo

Remember the French riots of 2005? Here's a passage from Chourmo, the second volume in Jean-Claude Izzo's Marseilles trilogy:

"[Pertin] wasn't directly responsible for Serge's death. Or Pavie's. But he was the symbol of a police force I hated. A police force in which political ideas and personal ambitions were placed above the values of the Republic, like justice and equality. ... If the suburbs exploded one day, it would be down to them. Their contempt. Their xenophobia. Their hate. And their shabby little schemes to become, one day, `a great cop.'"

Izzo published those words in 1996.

© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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4 Comments:

Blogger sauron said...

Incredibilmente vero..
Quando nel 2005 sono successi i fatti in Francia ho pensato la stessa cosa.
Grande Izzo!
s

March 13, 2007  
Blogger Peter said...

Izzo era allo stesso tempo romatico e realista. E adesso devo aspetarre traduzione inglese de Solea!

March 13, 2007  
Blogger sauron said...

Pensavo ci fosse già.
s

March 13, 2007  
Blogger Peter said...

Il 1 di giugno!

March 13, 2007  

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