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Le Silence de la Mer-Vercors-teaching resources

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De quoi s'agit-il?

Written in 1942 by Jean Bruller under the pen name of Vercors just as the Germans were beginning to show themselves in their true colours in occupied France this short work was distributed clandestinely.

With a demoralised population increasingly struggling to find the necessities of life collaboration was very prevalent; this narrative was written with the aim of encouraging the population to resist mentally and spiritually against the occupier even when he showed himself to be reasonable and rational.

The old man and his grand daughter who are treated to the world view of a young German officer planted infront of the fire demonstrates the changing state of mind of the latter as he realizes what is really happening in occupied France.

As von Ebrennac the German officer comes to the realisation that the army is there for one reason only the attitude of the young woman also changes, almost imperceptibly.

Despite the apparent lack of action Le silence de la mer has been filmed a number of times yet it is the book that is the most powerful document with its powerful poetic images and spiritual scale.

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