How crime writer Jean Meckert captured the grim mood of postwar France

By Sébastien Omont (En attendant Nadeau)

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A collection of articles by the late French novelist, crime writer and screenwriter Jean Meckert, recently published in book form under the title Chez les anarchistes, paint a picture of the sometimes sombre state of France society following Liberation in 1945. Many of the articles, which were initially published in the weekly publication Essor, date from the first half of 1946, just months after the end of World War II and the long years of German Occupation.