The Postcard (Hardcover)

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By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator)
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How can you tell you’re alive, when there’s no one to witness your existence?

Told in the present day by Anne Berest with the help of her mother Lelia, The Postcard is a reimagining of the author’s family history that bears witness to the tragic saga of the Rabinovitch’s, seeking a safe, peaceful home in the shifting European landscape of the 20th century, from Russia and Poland to Palestine, and ultimately to France, where four family members—Ephraim, Emma, Noemie and Jacques—ultimately perished in the Holocaust, with only Anne’s grandmother Myriam surviving. Deriving enormous power from seemingly small details, the novel chronicles a Jewish family's experiences across multiple generations, a poignant tale of mothers and daughters and granddaughters, of survivors, of memory and forgetting, of collaboration and resistance, of antisemitism and the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust (while shining a spotlight on the complicity of the French in the betrayal of the Jews during the German occupation). The Postcard is a personal, gripping, sobering, haunting novel, highlighting the power of storytelling in reclaiming a family’s history (and ultimately for the author, finding her identity.) Ed loved and highly recommends!

— Ed

May 2023 Indie Next List

“This family saga, about a mysterious postcard received decades after WWII, plunges a daughter and her mother into the search for the truth and their roots. I have never read a book so well-written, so engaging, so poignant, so real.”
— Marianne Reiner, La Playa Books, San Diego, CA


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Winner of the Choix Goncourt Prize, Anne Berest's The Postcard is a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life, an enthralling investigation into family secrets, and poignant tale of a Jewish family devastated by the Holocaust and partly restored through the power of storytelling.

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 Op ra Garnier in Paris. On the back, the names of Anne Berest's maternal great-grandparents, Ephra m and Emma, and their children, No mie and Jacques--all killed at Auschwitz.

Fifteen years after the postcard is delivered, Anne, the heroine of this novel, is moved to discover who sent it and why. Aided by her chain-smoking mother, family members, friends, associates, a private detective, a graphologist, and many others, she embarks on a journey to discover the fate of the Rabinovitch family: their flight from Russia following the revolution, their journey to Latvia, Palestine, and Paris. What emerges is a moving saga that shatters long-held certainties about Anne's family, her country, and herself.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609458386
ISBN-10: 1609458389
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Pages: 464
Language: English