Above the Battle (Au-dessus de la mâlée)
Being just one year away from the centenary of World War I - or as it was then billed "the war to end all wars" it would be a fitting 'reminder' for us all to read or perhaps re-read Romain Rolland's - 'Above the Battle' (1915). Because if there should be one truly levelling or guiding voice that we ought recall from this abysmally bleak period in humanity's history (keeping in mind over 16 million people lost their lives due to the conflict of this period, which was then 'followed' up by the loss of over 60 million people in World War II) it should be Rolland's, having expressed such rallyingly noble sentiments in 'Above the Battle' as: "Why, then, should we not attempt to understand each other? For such an understanding, though it will not suppress the conflict, may perhaps suppress our hatred; and it is hatred more than anything else that I regard as my enemy." As such, I think a copy of Rolland's stirring 'manifesto' should be sent directly by the UN (in the most cautionary and well-intentioned spirit) to every head of state upon their initial appointment.
/Nigel Dawe, Australia
After the award in literature to RN Tagore in 1913; the outbreak of First World War in August 1914 brought the selection machinery to a grinding halt and the prizes for Chemistry, Peace and Literature remained unrewarded in 1914. As a result of this chaos; the most probable nominee - Carl Spitteler had to wait for the honor till 1919. The Prize for 1915 was won by Romain Rolland - the French philosopher and writer, who received it in 1916. Romain Rolland attended Ecole Normale Superieure - to which he returned as a teacher after receiving his Doctorate. I like and recommend his book ' Jean Christophe' - a novel without a plot or a story. Jean Christophe, the hero, gets tired of his daily life and tries to find happiness and pleasure in music. Romain Rolland's own joys and sorrows are reflected in this Psychological novel which took him seventeen years to write. This beautiful book in twelve parts, had been written in France, England, Italy and Switzerland.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
'Jean-Christophe' is the epic of humanity!
Mahatma Gandhi: The Man Who Became One with the Universal Being
Romain Rolland, the recipient of Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 1916, was a frank, fearless and truthful writer. He was one of the very few European intellectuals who had shown any interest in the affairs of the countries not lying within the geographical boundaries of Europe. I like and recommend his 'Mahatma Gandhi- the Man who became one with the Universe', which happens to be the biography of Mahatma Gandhi. The book speaks volumes about the vision of this writer because it was written When Gandhi was a comparatively unknown campaigner. A great biography indeed.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
The Life of Ramakrishna (La vie de Ramakrishna)
It is a good book on the life of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. A very good book to read for anyone interested in the Ramakrishna -Vivekananda movement.
/Vivek. B, India
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