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An unlikely romance

A new collection of short stories, twinning French writers with Americans, marks the surprising return of an old form of an anti-US animus

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As You Were Saying eds Fabrice Rozié, Esther Allen and Guy Walter Dalkey Archive, £5.99

In 1945, Jean-Paul Sartre visited the US at the invitation of the American Office of War Information. He was following in the footsteps not only of that most famous of transatlantic literary voyagers, Alexis de Tocqueville, but also those of Chateaubriand and Céline. Sartre’s visit attracted the attention of Time magazine, which reported that during his stay, the “short, square-shouldered” “philosopher-playwright” had developed a taste for corned beef hash and chocolate ice cream, not to…

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