Le lien entre Les Sabres du Paradis de Lesley Blanch et Dune de Frank Herbert?   

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De plus en plus d’articles sur le lien entre Les Sabres du Paradis et Dune apparaissent en ligne. Les adaptations cinématographiques permettent de faire connaître un livre à un public plus large et de pousser ses ventes. Il ne fait aucun doute que Dune se vend très bien. Mais qu’en est-il des livres basés sur d’autres livres qui étaient célèbres à l’époque où ils ont été écrits et publiés pour la première fois?

Les Sabres du Paradis de Lesley Blanch a été publié en 1960 et Dune de Frank Herbert en 1965. Lesley Blanch était, à l’époque, une célébrité des deux côtés de l’Atlantique. Elle éditait des scénarios pour le grand réalisateur hollywoodien George Cukor pendant qu’elle écrivait ce livre, dont certaines scènes sont de drames de haute voltage. Aujourd’hui, un demi siècle plus tard, Lesley Blanch est une femme de l’ombre, souvent oubliée ou bien même  ignorée du grand public.

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The Sabres of Paradise Lesley Blanch, Philip Marsden Review

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The Sabres of Paradise was first published in 1960, a hundred years after the story it recounts had ended, after the Russian conquest of the Caucasus was at last complete. Nikita Khrushchev was in the Kremlin. President Kennedy was running for the White House. Soviet power was at its height. The republics of the Caucasus were just another comer of the vast Soviet empire cowed into conformity by the brutalities of Stalin. The episode of Imam Shamyl’s thirty-year resistance to Russian expansion − perhaps the most dramatic story ever to emerge from the Caucasus (where dramatic stories are hardly in short supply) − had receded to its rightful place in ancient history. The days of small bands of mountain guerrillas raiding, hostage-taking, hiding up in the thick Chechen forests were long gone; whole divisions being tied down by such tactics was unthinkable in an age overshadowed by nuclear weapons.

Forty years on, the story looks a little different and a lot more relevant; now − post-Vietnam, post-Afghanistan, post-Soviet Union and post-September 11. Who, in 1960, would have dared predict that the heirs of the Red Army − that vast force which had done so much to shape the geo-politics of the late twentieth century, already humiliated by the Afghan mujahideen − should in 1996 be defeated, run out of its own territory by a band of lightly-armed Chechens which rarely exceeded a few thousand in number?

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Steve Wasserman on The Sabres of Paradise by Lesley Blanch [facebook 31-05-2022]

Some years ago, I had occasion to read The Sabres of Paradise by the late Lesley Blanch, published more than sixty years ago. It is a remarkable story of resistance to empire, heroism and treachery, savagery and generosity, religious fanaticism and imperial ambition. Though the tale it tells occurred over 150 years ago, its implications for our era are evident on nearly every page. If you want to understand something of the futility and hubris of the American effort to pacify Afghanistan and the unruly clans of Pakistan, not to mention the theocratic fanaticism and tribal irredentism tearing apart Mesopotamia, or the forlorn and ruthless Russian war against Chechnya’s murderous insurgents, you would do well to consider the story of Shamyl, Imam of Daghestan.

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