David Bellos


David Bellos has taught at the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh, Southampton and Manchester, and is now Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He has written extensively on nineteenth-century French fiction, published biographies of Georges Perec, Jacques Tati and Romain Gary and has also translated many novels by Georges Perec and Ismail Kadare.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Will there ever have been many people who, at the age of twenty-two, were aware that they could suddenly lose all their potential - I feel unembarrassed saying that I feel I have immense potential, since I think of it as a gift, not as something I own - that it could all be taken away from them, and not rise up in revolt? - Helene Berr

No memoirs or history books have the impact of first person accounts written in the thick of the action. None is more poignant than Helene Berr’s tragic Journal.

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