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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose (October 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847245749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847245748
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thoughtfully, heartrendingly, completely, the book that Helen Berr wrote in the darkest days of the City of Light answers her own question - Mariette Job in the Scotsman. It is a beautiful but harrowing experience reading the words of Helene Berr Her journal is a devastatingly powerful evocation of the pointlessness of war and one that will have a lasting effect on its readers - Wales on Sunday. Helene is a striking diarist writes lucid, lovely prose we are lucky that Helene chose to tell her own story - David Bellos interview, Times Online. A very moving account devastatingly sad - Oxford Times.

About the Author

Helene Berr was a student of English Literature at the Sorbonne in Paris. She was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 with her mother and father, and she died in Bergen-Belsen in April 1945, just a few weeks before the liberation of the camp. David Bellos was the first winner of the Man Booker International Translator's Award for his translations of the Albanian writer, Ismail Kadare. He is the translator of, among others, Georges Perec, Romain Gary and Fred Vargas, and he has also written the award-winning biographies of Georges Perec, Romain Gary and Jaques Tati. He is professor of French and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, where he also directs the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication. His irreverent survey of the field of translation, Is That A Fish In Your Ear? will appear in September 2011 with Penguin Books in the UK and Faber and Faber in the USA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lilith Island on May 23, 2010
What I admired most about this diary -- perhaps the best I've ever read -- is the unforgettably poignant struggle of a young woman in her attempt to integrate a terrible reality and an even more terrible understanding that unfathomable evil resides in the hearts of humans and how that manifests, which she herself could hardly believe even as she recorded these innumerable horrors for humanity's sake. Her ability to describe her inner emotional life in certain passages is without parallel. The philosophical issues raised, beautifully articulated by this young woman, are timeless and, therefore, contemporary. Hers is a noble spirit and all too rare. There are passages within that I will read again. I feel we are so fortunate that David Bellos, the professor of French & Comparitive Lit at Princeton and formerly the Man Booker International Translator's Price chose to translate this journal. Thank you, sir. Should be required reading.
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By Patricia J. Jones on March 31, 2014
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Insightful view and wonderfully written. Nothing else the well-written that explores the German occupation in France. Glad this book was brought to my attention.
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