A Novel

Book - 2016
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Obsessed with art, and with living, Charlotte attended school in Germany until it was too dangerous to remain, fled to France, and was interned in a bleak work camp from which she narrowly escaped. Newly free, she spent two years in almost total solitude, creating a series of autobiographical art--images, words, even musical scores--that together tell her life story. A pregnant Charlotte was killed in Auschwitz at the age of 26, but not before she entrusted her life's work to a friend, who kept it safe until peacetime. The result, an extraordinary novel avant la lettre, was eventually published as Life? or Theatre? (and now reissued by Overlook), a unique, relentlessly complete artistic expression.In Charlotte, David Foenkinos--with passion, life, humor, and intelligent observation--has written his own utterly original tribute to Charlotte Salomon's tragic life and transcendent art. His gorgeous, haunting, and ultimately redemptive novel is the result of a long-cherished desire to honor this young artist. Infused with the emotion of a writer who connects deeply with his subject, and masterfully and sensitively translated by Sam Taylor, Charlotte is a triumph of creative expression, a monument to genius stilled too soon, and an ode to the will to survive.
Publisher: New York, New York : The Overlook Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781468312768
Branch Call Number: FOEN
Characteristics: 217 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Sam


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birdybunnyblue Jun 27, 2016

Incredibly moving account of the life of Charlotte Salomon.
I have not been this moved by a
book in a long time. Hopefully
Charlotte's work will be recognized for the genius and
beauty it possesses once again.
David Foenkino you are brilliant.

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