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November 14, 2020 at 8:28 am #6077Helen KarcznerGuest
The Company of Ghosts
by Lydie Salvayre, Christopher Woodall
- Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
- Author: Lydie Salvayre, Christopher Woodall
- Language: english
- ISBN: 9781564783509 (1564783502)
- Format: paperback, 184 pages
- Release date: January 1, 2006
- Genres: france, fiction, contemporary
About The Book
When a bailiff turns up, a teenager tries to salvage her mother, their dignity and the TV. When a bailiff arrives at a housing project on the edge of Paris to draw up a routine inventory of goods in view of seizure, the reception he receives from Rose Melle and her teenage daughter is more than he has bargained for. Rose, forever unhinged by the trauma of childhood spent under Nazi occupation, mistakes him for a collaborationist thug and assails him with her alternately tragic and hilarious memories of Vichy France. In a narrative that lurches giddily between 1942 and 1997, Salvayre picks at the sores of recent French history, exposing its continuing authoritarianism. “The Company Of Ghosts” won the Prix Novembre in France.
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