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A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France

 
 
Author
Miranda Richmond Mouillot.
Publisher Broadway  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780804140669
Pages/Publication Date 288/2016
Daedalus Item Code 69124
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In 1948, having escaped Nazi-occupied France for Switzerland, Anna and Armand returned and bought an old stone house in the remote village of Alba-la-Romaine. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. In this lively, evocative, irresistible account, their granddaughter Miranda Richmond Mouillot moves to the now-crumbling house to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's name aloud after she left him.

"Written with an almost poetic transcendence of time, place and memory, this moving memoir chronicles an amazing circle of life. No fairy tale, it is as epic as the times in which Anna and Armand lived and the love they inspired."BookPage

"As Mouillot upends her own life to investigate [her grandparents'], she begins to understand the lengths to which people will go to protect their fragile dignity and comes to recognize the power of memories that both comfort and torment wounded souls. A vibrant, earnest, and profound tribute."Booklist

"What makes the book so lively are not only Mouillot's imaginary scenarios, but her dense web of identifications: between herself and her grandmother (both have a talent for finding four-leaved clovers); between her grandparents' experience of the Holocaust and her own generation as bearers of its memory; between herself as author and Marcel Proust, who helps her piece together her grandfather's past; and between her grandparents' love and the love of Proust's protagonists Swann and Odette. Mouillot delightfully crosses different literary genres: tragic romance, third-generation Holocaust survivor novel, autobiography, fiction, Bildungsroman, and intertextual homage."Haaretz (Tel Aviv)

 
 
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