Indignez Vous! by Stéphane Hessel Rouses France
It’s not the type of book we generally see topping the bestsellers’ lists. At 29 pages (only 13 of which are text), and a cost of only €3, the outraged missive of a 93-year-old man, urging the nation’s youth to resist greed and corruption and fight to uphold the sacred values of democracy sounds like the kind of publication that would be, well, largely ignored.
But perhaps the timing of the book, released during troubled times of pronounced economic instability and inequality has rung a bell for the people of France. Maybe it’s the fact that the author is a holocaust survivor and almost a century old, which lends credibility to his message. Whatever the reason, Indignez Vous! by Stéphane Hessel is the #1 bestselling book on Amazon.fr, and has been for some time. The book has sold over 600,000 in just three months, much to the shock and delight of Hessel’s small, left-wing publishers, who are more accustomed to print-runs in the hundreds than hundreds of thousands.