Marquis de Custine

Journey for Our Time. The Russian Journals of the Marquis de Custine


Entretenimiento: 8/10

Información: 9/10


As soon as the prince withdrew, they assumed an easy air, resolute manners and a bold demeanor which produced an unpleasant contrast to the complete self-abnegation they had effected an instant before”.


This book gives us another reason to stop generalizing when we criticize the French, or any nationality for that matter. As a happy surprise I have found myself admiring another Frenchman (another exception to the rule?), in the mode of Tocqueville, or perhaps even Revel, this amusing down-to-earth traveler from France (despite the high class his title conveys, of Marquis) lets us get to the bone of Russian society, from the god-like Emperor to the servile serfs. The chronicle of this travel is even amusing, despite the gravity and danger it entails by writing so freely while inside Russian territory, because the man never stops from being human; he is not talking as a reporter or historian, or even as a cultivated representative of the French aristocracy: he is a man well aware of the tacit dangers of being a foreigner in Russia, a lover of freedom among servile creatures.


Most of all it is just plain fun to read. There are so many similarities along the book with Soviet Russia (for that matter with any period of Russian history): “It is only with this people -at least I believe it is so- that one has seen martyrs in adoration before their executioners!”


My astonishment and dismay increase in seeing the tyrant's dementia spread so easily to the men who submit to tyranny; the victims become the zealous accomplices of their executioners.”


 M. Custine's astonishment and dismay is like that of Middle-American and the South today who see their country given away to Government by a an elite class of millionaire socialists.


Custine talks with people, writes down the impressions, the fears, the lies, the cynicism, things that really happen but they want say to a foreigner (or even to themselves, because in Russia everybody knows without anybody saying). Love of freedom, from a Frenchman v. love of servitude by the Russian, that is the subject of this little known gem of a book.




On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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