FRANCE: Chatting with De Gaulle

"Do you know what death is?" Charles de Gaulle asked his former Minister of Culture, André Malraux. "The goddess of sleep," the renowned French novelist replied, adding: "We belong to that category of people who don't care about being killed." That lofty dialogue is part of Les Chênes Qu'On Abat (Fallen Oaks). Malraux's 236-page account of an "interview" between the two men eleven months before De Gaulle's death. Published in Paris last week, the book reveals little of substance that is new about De Gaulle but provides plenty of fresh anecdotes and...

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