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Secret by Philippe Grimbert

Book Awards

  • Winner of Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle: Categorie Roman (Elle Readers Grand Prize: Fiction) 2005.
  • Shortlisted for Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize 2008.

Book Description

This is a strong B-format paperback package - designed to appeal to readers of literary survival memoirs. It is a winner of both of France's most trustworthy literary prizes - those voted for by ordinary readers: the Prix des Lectrices d'Elle and the Prix Goncourt des Lyceens. The film is directed by Claude "Class Trip" Miller and starring Ludivine Sagnier and Julie Depardieu premiered in Cannes and should be on general release in 2008. The rights are already sold into ten other languages: Germany (Suhrkamp), Italy (Bompiani), Japan (Shinchosha), Spain (Tusquets), Netherlands (De Geus), Greece (Plethron), Israel (Matar), Korea (Prunsoop), Taiwan (Ten Points), Romania (Trei)."The day after I turned fifteen, I finally discovered what I'd always known..."Growing up in post-war Paris the sickly only child of glamorous, athletic parents, the narrator invents for himself a make-believe brother - older, stronger, and more brilliant than he can ever be. It is only when the boy begins talking to an old family friend that he comes to realise that his imaginary sibling had a real predecessor: a half-brother whose death in the concentration camps is part of a buried family secret that he was intended never to unearth.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846270444
ISBN-10: 1846270448
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 8mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Portobello Books Ltd
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Memory by Philippe Grimbert Memory, Paperback / softback (December 2008)

A runaway bestseller in Europe, "Memory" is a stunning combination of memoir and fiction. Twenty years after his mother and father jumped to their deaths, Grimbert, a psychoanalyst, explores the secrets that dominated his parents lives, in this beautiful and gripping novel.

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Author Biography - Philippe Grimbert

PHILIPPE GRIMBERT is a psychoanalyst. He is the author of several works of non-fiction and a novel, Paul's Little Dress. He lives in Paris.

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