Svět knihy 2019: philosopher Alain Finkielkraut talk with Patrik Ouředník, Guillaume Basset & Jiří Pelán
Prague’s International Book Fair and Festival, Svět knihy (Book World), was held between 9-12.5.2019. This year I had the pleasure of shooting for the festival. The guests of honor for 2019 were the countries of South America, and the great delegation was led by Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Also attending this year were Nobel Laureate Herta Müller, Booker Award winner John Banville, and the biggest star and almost surprise guest - Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Alain Finkielkraut (born 30 June 1949) is a French philosopher and public intellectual. He has written books and essays on a wide range of topics, many on the ideas of tradition and identitary nonviolence, including Jewish identity and antisemitism, French colonialism, the mission of the French education system in immigrant assimilation, and the Yugoslav Wars. He was elected member of the Académie française (Seat 21) on 10 April 2014. He often appears in France on talk shows.
As a thinker, Finkielkraut defines himself as being "at the same time classical and romantic". Finkielkraut deplores what he sees as the deterioration of Western tradition through multiculturalism and relativism. In 2010, he was involved in founding JCall, a left-wing Zionist advocacy group based in Europe to lobby the European Parliament on foreign policy issues concerning the Middle East. He is a strong supporter of Israel and the two-state solution.