In This Review

The Wheat and the Chaff
The Wheat and the Chaff
By François Mitterrand
Seaver/Lattes, 1982, 300 pp

A miscellany of thoughts, impressions and reveries, excerpts from notes written down in the 1970s. The master politician dwells not on politics but on books and nature, on leaders and on his passion for justice. There is the recurrent horror of political violence, and the hope, expressed in 1974, that for Giscard "the presidency is a point of arrival; [while] for me it is a point of departure." Fascinating in parts, but a baffling book; revelatory to a degree, but expressive of a deliberate remoteness.