Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Knock Me Over with a Feather

Well, I'll be: from this morning's Times I learn that a key player in French policymaking around the euro is Ramon Fernandez, the son of novelist Dominique Fernandez, whose biography (Ramon) of his father, also named Ramon Fernandez, is one of the most fascinating books I've read in recent years. It tells the story of how the elder Ramon Fernandez, the technocrat's grandfather, went from Parisian aesthete and distinguished literary critic to rabble-rousing fascist orator and party captain in Doriot's quasi-fascist PPF. An amazing book, and now am I further amazed to discover that Ramon Fernandez's namesake is making policy about the euro.

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