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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #281 - The Quays of Wrath (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 5 Apr 2018 08:08:27 +0300

Philippe Huet is the author of a series of three historical novels about labor struggles in the port city of Le Havre. Each of the three novels evokes a period and a specific struggle, which can be read separately. Nevertheless, the novels follow each other and appeal to the past, characters are found from one novel to another, adding interest to the triptych. Let's discover this month the first of them. ---- The Quays of Wrath, released in 2006, recounts the tragic (and no less real !) story of syndicalist Jules Durand. Philippe Huet plunges us successfully in Le Havre from 1910. The port, the quays, the atmosphere of the bistros and popular districts, everything is described with meticulousness and the reader is quickly embarked. Among the thousands of workers who live the port, the coalmen are the most exploited body, the most miserable and especially the most despised. And even from the CGT, which sees in these daily workers only a horde of alcoholic brawlers unable to organize and fight collectively. Jules Durand, trade unionist and anarchist, takes up the challenge of taking over the charcoal trade union and preparing the next clash against employers. These bosses,

Feeling the danger rise with the organization of coalmen, the coal masters have only one idea in mind: stop by all means the anarchist syndicalist who organizes them.

There follows a court case that will take a national scale, some will speak of " the Dreyfus affair of the poor ". A beautiful tribute to the unknown Jules Durand, whose terrible history will mark for decades the labor movement Le Havre. A story that shows, like others, how far the capitalists are willing to go when it comes to defending their interests. And the ease with which they play with legality. A captivating and interesting work for the memory of the French labor movement. And who will undoubtedly want to read the other novels of Huet.

Benjamin (AL Nantes )

Philippe Huet, The Quays of Anger , The paperback, 439 pages, 8.99 euros.

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