Stephane Hessel, the author of Time for Outrage!, has died today, on February 27, 2013.
Thinker, writer, diplomat and resistant Franco Stéphane Hessel, author of the popular manifesto Time for Outrage! , has died this Wednesday at age 95. His wife has announced the happening to French local media.
Stephane Hessel was born in Berlin in 1917, but moved to France during World War II. Hessel was captured by the Gestapo and went through the concentration camps of Buchenwald and Dora-Mittelbau.
After the end of the war, he participated in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Subsequently, he made a diplomatic career in the UN.
However, his fame came from the hand of Time for Outrage!, a political manifesto published in France in 2010. The book, in the words of the author, “urges youth to be indignant.” This work has inspired citizens movements all around the Western world.
Stephane Hessel said “This book has completely transformed my life. I was a little retired diplomat who led a quiet life and now I cannot walk through Paris without someone stopping me in the streets.”
Time for Outrage! (just 32 pages) was published by a small press in Montpellier, in southern France, with little media promotion. However, the book became a bestseller, with nearly a million copies, in just ten weeks. Outrage! crossed borders, it has been translated into thirty languages and have sold about four million copies in a hundred countries.
Based on the success of Outrage! He wrote other books, as Commit! Which was also well received.
Stephane Hessel health was very delicate. In April 2012, he was on vacation with his wife in Sicily and was urgently repatriated to France since he felt really tired. From then, he has not felt well.
Rest in Peace!
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