Translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Mike Mitchell
Two books by Maurice Rajsfus, a French activist and former investigative journalist for Le Monde, in which he shares his personal recollections and research about the registration of Jews and roundups in occupied France. In the first volume, Operation Yellow Star, Rajsfus meticulously analyzes archival documents, demonstrating the extent of police collaboration with the Vichy regime and the implementation of the Yellow Star. In the second volume, Black Thursday, Rajsfus recounts his own experiences of July 16, 1942, when he and his family were arrested as part of the Vél d’Hiv roundup, the largest ever in France, of over 13,000, mostly-immigrant Jews. While the majority of those detained during the two-day sweep eventually died in Auschwitz, the author avoided deportation and has spent his life grappling with his country’s betrayal. Together, the two books offer a damning exposé of the bureaucracy of genocide, laying bare how cultural bias, political self-interest, and the influence of right-wing media determined France’s role in the Holocaust.
A hybrid book examining the art and politics of “the nude.” Harcourt/Joseph investigate the display and censorship of bodily images, using books of canonical Western paintings censored in Iran. Harcourt’s rigorous, culturally-measured approach complements artist Pamela Joseph’s whimsical appropriation of those same images as feminist critique. Features the Iranian censored books and American examples of censorship for eye-opening comparisons.
Translated by Levi Laub
This indispensable journalistic account of the roundup at the Vel d’Hiv includes witness, press and police reports. A companion piece to the author’s books Operation Yellow Star and Black Thursday which goes further into the precursors, the organization of the two-day raid and its aftermath. Eyewitness accounts and resistance circulars fill out the experience of Jews during the roundups. To date, this is the only detailed study of the Vel d’Hiv raid.
Translated by Hester Velmans
A striking debut novel from The Netherlands by Niña Weijers, shortlisted for the Golden Boekenuil prize and winner of the prize committee’s coveted Jury Readers Award. This enchanting rollercoaster of a story about Dutch performance artist Minnie Panis, who uses her own life to examine perception, intimacy and identity, is also an existential and philosophical Bildungsroman.
“Up to the last disturbing sentence the writer holds the reader in her manipulative grip.” – De Groene Amsterdammer
Translated by Ivan Margolius with an Introduction by Ivan Margolius and Helena Třeštíková
Based on an interview with the late writer and memoirist Heda Margolius Kovály and the basis for a film shown on Czech television, “this work stands out as one of the best examples of memoir literature.… The book has extraordinary momentum, reads in ‘one sitting’ and, were it not a depiction of real life events, could be described as a suspense thriller…. The story is so engrossing and filled with such immediacy and realism that the narrator, speaking from the soul, instantly wins the hearts of readers…. Stories of people with admirable fortitude struggling even in the most hopeless situations with a cruel fate will always find their audience.” – Jan Hofírek, “An Exceptional Life Wandering Through the Century of Horrors”
Kovály is the author of several books including the acclaimed memoir Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 (Holmes & Meier, 1997) and the mystery thriller Innocence, or Murder on Steep Street (Soho Press, 2015).
Viennese artist Deborah Sengl uses taxidermy, drawings and paintings to reimagine Karl Kraus’ ten hour theatrical masterwork The Last Days of Mankind (Die Letzten Tage der Menscheit). Essays by poetry scholar Marjorie Perloff and German language professor Anna Souchuk examine Sengl’s ambitious re-staging of 44 critical scenes from Kraus’ play with an eye toward the metaphorical and poetic interpretations of Kraus achieved by Sengl’s masterwork. To be published in conjunction with the centenary anniversary of the end of The Great War, reflecting on current attitudes toward military intervention and global conflict.
Prokop’s meticulously researched history restores Jacques and Jacqueline Groag to their rightful places in the pantheon of Viennese Modernists. The couple studied and worked within a circle of notables including Ludwig Wittgenstein, Adolf Loos, Paul Engelmann, Josef Hoffmann and Franz Cizek. Beginning with the Groags’ early collaborations in the 1930’s to their lives as Jewish émigrés after the Anschluss, Prokop explores the couple’s unique aesthetic contributions in pre-Reich Vienna and Czechoslovakia as well as later in Britain for postwar exhibitions, monuments, furniture and textile design.
Winner of the 2016 Fintro Literature Prize, this dual-track story of daughters yearning for recognition from their fathers is part magical-realism, part poetry, and part sparkling prose. The author Hagar Peeters, a prize-winning Dutch poet, gives voice to Pablo Neruda’s only daughter, Malva, who was abandoned with a deformity in a Dutch orphanage where she died during WWII. Malva tries to discover an answer to the question of how Neruda, the flawless hero who stood up for the forgotten and trampled, could deny the existence of his own daughter. She asks Peeters, whose own father was a journalist in Chile at the moment Neruda died as well as a man who concealed the existence of his own daughter for the first eleven years of her life, to be her ghostwriter.
“It only takes half a page to realize that the poet Hagar Peeters is also a novelist of exceptional ability.” NRC Handelsblad 4-stars
“An incandescent and evocative debut.” – Trouw
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