No Place to Lay One's Head
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Published By Pushkin Press
ISBN : 9781782273998
Category : Anti-Fascism
Format : Hardback
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'A lost classic of mysterious provenance, Frenkel's tale and prose is utterly compelling, at once painful and exquisite' -- Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

'Frenkel writes with a novelist's observing eye: her cool detachment in the heat of persecution and attempted flight brings both the bureaucratic and human cruelty of life under Nazi occupation into startling relief. Every dangerous detail, every helping hand is luminously present. This is a memoir that has the terrible precarity of lived experience. It's the real thing. I cried and still couldn't put it down' -- Lisa Appignanesi, author of Losing the Dead

'A bitter, beautiful and important book' --Robert Fisk

'Frenkel's book was a fortuitous find... an appealing style... a wild beauty to the prose... sharply specific... unbearably sad' --Financial Times

'Françoise Frenkel's memoir offers a reminder never to disdain jumble' --Jewish Chronicle

Very little is known about Françoise Frenkel's life. She was born in Poland in 1889, and in 1921 set up the first French-language bookshop in Berlin with her husband. In 1939, she returned to Paris, and after the German invasion the following year fled to occupied Vichy. After several years in hiding, she made a desperate attempt to cross the border to Switzerland. Frenkel died in Nice in 1975. Her memoir, originally published in Geneva in 1945, was rediscovered in a flea market in 2010, republished in the original French and is now being translated and publishing in numerous languages for the first time.

Stephanie Smee is a translator of French adult and children's books into English. Her other languages include German, Italian and Swedish.

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