Bernard-Henri Lévy Poster


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Date of Birth 5 November 1948Beni-Saf, Oran, France [now Algeria]
Nickname BHL

Mini Bio (1)

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a French philosopher and one of the most esteemed and bestselling writers in Europe. He is the author of over 30 books, including works of philosophy, fiction, and biography. American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville was a New York Times bestseller (2006). Subsequent books in English are Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism (2008) and, with Michel Houellebecq, Public Enemies: Dueling Writers Take on Each Other and the World (2011). His play, "Hotel Europe," which premiers in Sarajevo on June 27, 2014, and in Paris on September 9, is a cry of alarm about the crisis facing the European project and the dream behind it. Lévy gained renown for his documentary film about the Bosnian conflict, Bosna! (1994). After starting his career as a war reporter for Combat - the legendary newspaper founded by Albert Camus during the Nazi occupation of France - for which he covered the war between Pakistan and India over Bangladesh, Lévy was instrumental in the founding of the New Philosophers group. His 1977 book Barbarism with a Human Face launched an unprecedented controversy over the European left's complicity with totalitarianism. Lévy's cultural commentary, novels and journalism have continued to stir up such excitement that The Guardian noted he is 'accorded the kind of adulation in France that most countries reserve for their rock stars.' Lévy has undertaken several diplomatic missions for the French government. He was appointed by French President Jacques Chirac to head a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan in 2002 in the wake of the war against the Taliban, a war that Lévy supported. He has traveled to the world's most troubled areas. He followed the trail of Daniel Pearl in Pakistan to research his 'investigative novel' Who Killed Daniel Pearl? (2003). His book War, Evil, and the End of History (2004) took him to the sites of what he calls the world's forgotten wars, from Colombia to Sri Lanka. His reportage and commentary from Israel during the 2006 Lebanon war appeared to wide acclaim, in among others, the New York Times Magazine. And after an extensive, clandestine visit to Darfur in 2007, he reported on the ethnic cleansing and genocide there for Le Monde and for The New Republic. His first-hand account of the fall of Moammar Gaddafi in Libya appeared in the form of a writer's journal and a documentary film (The Oath of Tobruk, which debuted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival). His new book "The Genius of Judaism", published in France this year, in February, is very successful. Since many months, Bernard-Henri Lévy is a strong support of the Kurdish cause in Irak against ISIS and he is working also on a film about the "Peshmergas", the Kurdish fighters in Iraq. His film "Peshmerga" has been added to the Cannes Film Festival in may 2016.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Aline LBK

Spouse (3)

Arielle Dombasle (19 June 1993 - present)
Sylvie Bouscasse (1980 - ?) (1 child)
Isabelle Doutreluigne (? - ?) (1 child)

Trivia (5)

French philosopher and political activist.
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
Has supported Ségolène Royal's 2007 presidential campaign.
Father of Justine Lévy with Isabelle Doutreluigne, and Antonin-Balthazar Lévy with Sylvie Bouscasse.
Ex-father-in-law of Raphaël Enthoven.

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