The Story of Blanche and Marie
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Story of Blanche and Marie by Per Olov Enquist
Book DescriptionIn 1878, Blanche Wittman was committed to Salpetriere Hospital as an hysteric and placed in the care of the famous M. Charcot, who regularly displayed her, in a cataleptic state, before a public audience. Over time, the nature of her participation in these demonstrations changed; she graduated from patient to assistant and on leaving the hospital, was hired by Marie Curie to work in her Paris laboratory. On 17 February 1898, radium was discovered and Blanche's exposure to it necessitated the amputation of all her limbs, save one. As for Marie, her husband and collaborator Pierre was weakened by illness and subsequently killed having wandered in front of an oncoming horse and cart. Following this, she embarked on an ill-fated love affair, which, in 1911, almost cost her the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Using Blanche's notebooks - 'The Book of Questions' - Enquist deftly weaves fact and fiction in a powerful tale of scientific discovery, death, art love and the extraordinary relationship of two remarkable women at the dawn of a century of tremendous change. The Story of Blanche and Marie was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099483731
(197mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Per Olov Enquist
Per Olov Enquist is one of Sweden's most acclaimed writers: a novelist, playwright and poet with works published in more than twenty-five countries. His novel, The Visit of the Royal Physician, was awarded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2003.
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