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The Company of Ghosts
     

The Company of Ghosts

by Lydie Salvayre, Christopher Woodall (Translator)
 

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When a bailiff turns up, a teenager tries to salvage her mother, their dignity and the TV. When a bailiff arrives at a housing project on the edge of Paris to draw up a routine inventory of goods in view of seizure, the reception he receives from Rose Melle and her teenage daughter is more than he has bargained for. Rose, forever unhinged by the trauma of childhood

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When a bailiff turns up, a teenager tries to salvage her mother, their dignity and the TV. When a bailiff arrives at a housing project on the edge of Paris to draw up a routine inventory of goods in view of seizure, the reception he receives from Rose Melle and her teenage daughter is more than he has bargained for. Rose, forever unhinged by the trauma of childhood spent under Nazi occupation, mistakes him for a collaborationist thug and assails him with her alternately tragic and hilarious memories of Vichy France. In a narrative that lurches giddily between 1942 and 1997, Salvayre picks at the sores of recent French history, exposing its continuing authoritarianism. "The Company Of Ghosts" won the Prix Novembre in France.

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"...novels that make you sit up and take notice, that directly confront you, that shake you up from the very first sentence, warning you that the test is going to be brutal, the dream is going to be dark, and the princess's smile is going to be painful."--Le Monde

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564783509
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Series:
French Literature Series
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,181,531
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Lydie Salvayre, daughter of refugees from the Spanish Civil War, grew up in the south of France, where she received a degree in psychiatry. In her mid-forties she published her first novel, The Declaration. She has since published nine other books, including Everyday Life and The Power of Flies, and has received numerous awards, including the Prix Hermes and the Prix Novembre.

Chris Woodall is former Associate Professor of Dogmatics at North-West University, South Africa. He is the author of Covenant: The Basis of God's Self-Disclosure (Wipf & Stock).

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