Never Anyone but You

Never Anyone but You

Book - 2018
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In the years preceding World War I, two young women meet, by chance, in a provincial town in France. Suzanne Malherbe, a shy seventeen-year-old with a talent for drawing, is completely entranced by the brilliant but troubled Lucie Schwob, who comes from a family of wealthy Jewish intellectuals. They embark on a clandestine love affair, terrified they will be discovered, but then, in an astonishing twist of fate, the mother of one marries the father of the other. As "sisters" they are finally free of suspicion, and, hungry for a more stimulating milieu, they move to Paris at a moment when art, literature, and politics blend in an explosive cocktail. Having reinvented themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, they move in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Hemingway to Dali--and produce provocative photographs that still seem avant-garde today. In the 1930s, with the rise of anti-Semitism and threat of fascism, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is on this idyllic island that they confront their destiny, creating a campaign of propaganda against Hitler's occupying forces that will put their lives in jeopardy.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781590519134
Branch Call Number: FIC Thoms
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 05, 2018

An epic tale of clandestine love during early 20th century Europe. This book is labeled a novel, though it is actually a biography, or perhaps historical fiction; it's never quite clear. The story is engrossing although it gets bogged down at times due to the plethora of characters. The best narratives in the book center around the experiences of the two main protagonists.

Thought provoking story woven upon an unusual love story that takes us back in time.

Nicr Mar 15, 2018

The true story of friends and lovers Lucie and Suzanne, who, as writer/artist/photographers "Claude Cahun" and "Marcel Moore," would move from the rarified artistic circles of Parisian Surrealism and Dadaism--with André Breton, Paul Éluard, Henri Michaud, Sylvia Beach, and others--to imprisonment for distributing anti-Nazi propaganda and their lives in the aftermath of war. Set in volatile historical times, an atmospheric, shimmering read.

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