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Les Parisiennes

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Préface How Parisian women loved, lived and died in the 1940s - under Occupation and then after Liberation.Anne Sebba read History... Lire la suite
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How Parisian women loved, lived and died in the 1940s - under Occupation and then after Liberation.

Anne Sebba read History at King's College London then joined Reuters as a foreign correspondent based in London and Rome. She has written eight works of non-fiction, mostly about iconic women, presented BBC radio documentaries, and is an accredited NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) lecturer.

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Examines how Parisian women loved, lived and died in the 1940s, under the Nazi Occupation and after Liberation. From the author of the Wallis Simpson biography "That Woman", this is a must for any lover of Paris, published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference.



What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until - finally - renewal and retribution. Even at the darkest moments of Occupation, glamour was ever present. French women wore lipstick. Why?

It was women who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis - perhaps selling them their clothes or travelling alongside them on the Metro, where a German soldier had priority over seats. By looking at a wide range of individuals from collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes to teachers and writers, Anne Sebba shows that women made life-and-death decisions every day, and, in an atmosphere where sex became currency, often did whatever they needed to survive. Her fascinating cast includes both native Parisian women and those living in Paris temporarily: American women and Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, and fashion and jewellery designers.

Some women, like the heiress Béatrice de Camondo or novelist Irène Némirovsky, converted to Catholicism; others like lesbian racing driver Violette Morris embraced the Nazi philosophy; only a handful, like Coco Chanel, retreated to the Ritz with a German lover.

In enthralling detail Sebba explores the aftershock of the Second World War and the choices demanded. How did the women who survived to see the Liberation of Paris come to terms with their actions and those of others? Although politics lies at its heart, Les Parisiennes is the first in-depth account of the everyday lives of women and young girls in this most feminine of cities.

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Titre: Les Parisiennes
Sous-titre: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
Code EAN: 9780297870975
ISBN: 978-0-297-87097-5
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Orion
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 480
Poids: 818g
Taille: H242mm x B164mm x T43mm
Année: 2016


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