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A Bookshop in Berlin : The rediscovered memoir of one woman's harrowing escape from the Nazis / Françoise Frenkel ; with a preface from Patrick Modiano ; dossier compiled by Frédéric Maria ; translated by Stephanie Smee.

Frenkel, Françoise, 1889-1975 (author.). Modiano, Patrick, 1945- (writer of preface.). Maria, Frédéric, (compiler.). Smee, Stephanie, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

2 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library 921 FRE (Text) 33500013168513 New Checked out 08/27/2020
Detroit Lakes Public Library 921 FRE (Text) 33500013168505 New Checked out 08/21/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501199844
  • ISBN: 1501199846
  • Physical Description: xiii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Artia Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Artia Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in France as Rien où poser sa tête by L'Arbalète Gallimard in 2015"--Title page verso.
"Originally published in English by Vintage Australia in 2017"--Title page verso.
"Previously published by Pushkin Press in 2018"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
In 1921, Françoise Frenkel--a Jewish woman from Poland--fulfills a dream. She opens La Maison du Livre, Berlin's first French bookshop, attracting artists and diplomats, celebrities and poets. The shop becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. In 1935, the scene continues to darken. First come the new bureaucratic hurdles, followed by frequent police visits and book confiscations. Françoise's dream finally shatters on Kristallnacht in November 1938, as hundreds of Jewish shops and businesses are destroyed. La Maison du Livre is miraculously spared, but fear of persecution eventually forces Françoise on a desperate, lonely flight to Paris. When the city is bombed, she seeks refuge across southern France, witnessing countless horrors: children torn from their parents, mothers throwing themselves under buses. Secreted away from one safe house to the next, Françoise survives at the heroic hands of strangers risking their lives to protect her.
Language Note:
Translated from the French.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #2
    *Starred Review* Born in Poland and educated in Paris, author Frenkel opened the first French-language bookstore in Berlin in 1921. It soon became an extremely popular destination for writers and poets, and counted embassy officials and well-known intellectuals among its clients. Despite its fame, the shop and Frenkel (who was Jewish) became victims of the Nazi purges of 1939, resulting in the shuttering of the shop and Frenkel's hasty flight to France. Thus began a nightmarish four-year odyssey of scrambling to secure proper papers, seek safe havens, and avoid capture and deportation to a work camp. Frenkel's chronological first-person narration details narrow escapes, serendipitous respites, and acts of unbelievable cruelty, indifference, bravery, and kindness. Her story is compelling not only because it sheds light on a unique aspect of WWII (foreign nationals trapped in France during the German occupation) but due to the circumstances of its publication. Originally published in France in 1945 under the title No Place to Lay One's Head, the book remained largely forgotten until a copy surfaced in southern France in 2010, leading to this English-language release. Insightful, sympathetic, suspenseful, and eventually triumphant, this memoir is a worthy addition to the WWII canon. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Frenkel, Françoise, 1889-1975.
Jewish women > Germany > Biography.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Germany > Berlin > Biography.
Berlin (Germany) > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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