André Wurmser

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Wurmser, André


Born Apr. 27, 1899, in Paris. French writer, journalist, and critic. Member of the French Communist Party since 1934.

During the Hitlerite occupation of France (194(M4), Wurmser participated in the Resistance Movement and published the underground newspaper Le Patriote du Sud-Ouest. After the liberation of France he became vice-president of the National Federation of the French Press, and in 1954 he joined the editorial board of the newspaper L’Humanite. His first novel, Change of Owners, was published in 1928. During 1946-55 he published a seven-volume cycle of novels A Man Goes Into the World, a realistic, although slightly schematic, narrative of how a bourgeois intellectual becomes a Communist. Wurmser’s publicistic work includes political commentaries in L’Humanite, compiled in the book But … Says Andre Wurmser (1961). In 1960 he published the collection of essays The USSR With an Open Heart (with L. Mammiac; Russian translation, 1961) and in 1964 The Inhuman Comedy (reissued, 1965; Russian translation, 1967), an interesting, although at times disputable, attempt at a Marxist analysis of the life and works of H. Balzac.


Mémoires d’un homme du monde. Paris [1964].
“André Wurmser.” Europe, 1968, no. 474, pp. 248-52.
In Russian translation:
“Sovetskomu Soiuzu—100.” In V2017 godu … . [Moscow, 1968.]


Balakhonov, V. “Chelovek prikhodit v mir.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1957, no. 12.
Isbakh, A. “Prazdnik frantsuzskoi knigi.” Literaturnaia gazeta, Oct. 21, 1965.


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(4) As Andre Wurmser points out, Balzac's portrayal of marriage differs significantly from earlier writers, such as Moliere, for whom a sensible marriage is based on love: in Balzac's world, conjugal relations exist solely to develop, consolidate, and transmit wealth.
As the magisterial socio-political surveys by Bernard Guyon, Pierre Barberis and Andre Wurmser recede into the past, it is refreshing that Rene-Alexandre Courteix should reappraise Balzac the political thinker by situating the Revolution at the centre of his works.