The Postcard with Anne Berest

Historical Perspectives


January, 2003. Together with the usual holiday cards, an anonymous postcard is delivered to the Berest family home. On the front, a photo of the Opéra Garnier in Paris. On the back, the names of Anne Berest’s maternal great-grandparents, and their children — all killed at Auschwitz.

Anne Berest’s The Postcard is among the most acclaimed and beloved French novels of recent years. Luminous and gripping to the very last page, it is an enthralling investigation into family secrets, a poignant tale of mothers and daughters, and a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life. Anne Berest will discuss this multi-award-winning book with Professor Catriona Seth (Oxford University).

Vivi Valiamé will provide British Sign Language interpretation and translation for this discussion.

£10, conc. £8, students £5

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