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The Star of the Levant

The view of the bookseller

The narrative model of The Star of the Levant was inspired by that of the Voyages Extraordinaires by Jules Verne, which Michel Serres qualified as the “Great School Teacher” and which all inventions had been finally created or also bettered… even though, at his time, they were considered to be impossible and utopian. This book, written in language comprehensible even to secondary school students, can be read “like a novel”. It is not, but a work of geopolitical fiction. It is not intended to convey any “message”; and it would be mistaken to grant that educational and entertaining work the lesser ambition or capability of political action.

The conception and writing of this book have been the result of several years of observation and reflection, not only of the Near-East, but also of Europe. Admittedly, this “report from the future” travels through an imaginary, ideally peaceful and prosperous Community of the Levant. But it is just as much – if not primarily – a pretext to invite European readers to reflect on the justification and coherence of the building of their own European Union. A more careful reading will also reveal an underlying “third level” of a symbolic and philosophical nature (*).

In order to avoid any equivocation, the author wanted to precise this in the text of a necessary preamble:

“These pages were written based on the imagination and on the strictly individual, personal reflection of a free, independent, impartial and nonconformist mind. Although this romantic hypothesis could appear alluring, and even plausible, no political party, no government, no supranational institution, no intergalactic embassy, no ideological movement, no secret organization, no freemasonry, no church, no sect nor guru has supported, dictated or inspired this work. Nobody would have enough humour to do so.”

(*) See Under the surface area of the Star