Bernard-Henri Lévy

Algeria, 1948

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a French philosopher and filmmaker, and one of Europe’s most important public intellectuals who still carries the torch of European humanism. He is the author of over 30 books, including his brilliant study The Genius of Judaism (2017) and most recently The Empire and the Five Kings (2019). His first-hand account of the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya appeared in the form of a writer’s journal, La guerre sans l’aimer (2012), and a documentary film, The Oath of Tobruk (2012). Lévy made two documentaries on the Iraqi Kurds: Peshmerga (2016) and The Battle of Mosul (2017). In Spring 2019 Lévy toured the theatres of Europe with his one-man show ‘Looking for Europe’ and wrote and published a pro-European manifesto calling for resistance against populism and fascism, which was signed by several Nobel Prize winners including Mario Vargas Llosa, Herta Müller, Svetlana Alexievich and other prominent intellectuals including Milan Kundera, Ágnes Heller, Claudio Magris, Adam Zagajewski, David Grossman, Anne Applebaum and Simon Schama.