Contre Dieu by Patrick Sénécal

By Patrick Sénécal

Que se passe-t-il dans los angeles tête d’un homme lorsqu’il perd, tout d’un coup, toutes ses raisons de vivre ? Quand tout ce qu’il a construit s’effondre? Que se passe-t-il quand on ne comprend pas pourquoi le kind s’acharne sur nous? Qu’est-ce qui nous retiens, maintenant que tout est fini, qu’on n’a plus rien, de ne pas devenir monstrueux ? Sur quoi construit-on sa vie lorsque plus aucune morale ne trouve prise sur nous ? Ta maison devient trop grande, tes amis commencent à t’énerver, tu disparais, tu te caches, tu coupes les ponts avec ta réalité, tu n’as même plus envie de voir ta propre famille. Tu ne cherches aucune aide, tu ne cherches personne. Tu ne veux plus rien. Tu as des idées noires, très noires. Et tu te mets à chercher un responsable. Et finalement, tu le trouves... Mais tu ne peux rien contre Lui. Patrick Senécal nous livre ici un roman fulgurant, un Coup de tête au sens le plus strict du terme !

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It was precisely the abomination of privilege, literally private law, that revolutionaries claimed to be overturning by placing all citizens under a single set of laws, thus giving 01-C2479 12/16/02 7:44 AM Page 33 A Nation within the Nation? 33 birth to the nation. In this context the exceptional condition of the Jews might not seem so exceptional after all, and historians have suggested that in the corporate society of the Old Regime the legal position of Jews was no different from that of other people.

Alongside this executive body was a judiciary, also elected by wealthy members, whose function it was to hear cases between Jews and to judge according to codes based on the Talmud. Headed by the chief rabbi, the tribunal reserved the right to mete out a wide range of penalties, from small fines to the dreaded herem, or excommunication. This latter penalty meant not only the removal of an individual from religious practice but also his or her physical banishment from the city; it also required all members of the community to shun the banned person both socially and economically.

With the exception of the tiny group of Parisians, all maintained a degree of communal autonomy that contributed to their relative isolation from the surrounding society, though this form of autonomy never provided the security that comes from recognized and uncontested rights. ” That Jews more generally were referred to collectively as la nation juive, a name they themselves bore unselfconsciously, did nothing to diminish this reputation, nor did the fact that the Alsatian Jews were officially called la nation juive d’Alsace, the Sephardim of Bordeaux la nation juive portugaise de Bordeaux, and so forth.

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