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Humbert, Agnes. Translated From The French And With Notes By Barbara Mellor. Afterword By Julien Blanc. Preface By William Boyd. Listings

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1 Humbert, Agnes. Translated from the French and with notes by Barbara Mellor. Afterword by Julien Blanc. Preface by William Boyd. RESISTANCE: A WOMAN'S JOURNAL OF STRUGGLE AND DEFIANCE IN OCCUPIED FRANCE.
Bloomsbury, New York, 2008, first American edition. 
370 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1596915595 B&w photographs. "As the grip of the German occupation tightened on Paris in the summer of 1940, Agnes Humbert, a respected art historian, took a leap of blind faith and reckless courage. With the help of a few colleagues, she formed the highly effective Musee de l'Homme network, a keystone group within the French Resistance, and very likely the first of its kind. Indeed, the French Resistance was named after the group's n ewsletter, 'Resistance'. In 1941 many of its members, including its charismatic leader, Boris Vilde, and Agnes herself, were betrayed to the Gestapo and imprisoned. Seven of the men were condemned to death and executed by firing squad. The w o m e n were deported to Germany as slave workers. These are the events described with electrifying immediacy by Agnes Humbert in her secret journal, first published in France in 1946 and never before translated into English. With self-deprecat in g hu mo r a nd acerbic intelligence, she offers a uniquely personal and recklessly candid perspective on this dark and dramatic period, conveying striking details with graphic, cinematic intensity. Refusing even in the grimmest days to surrender he r com pas si on , humanity, or talent for spotting the absurd, she writes with a deft touch and sardonic wit that belie the palpable depth of her conviction and outrage. (This) is a testament to one woman's indomitable spirit, an eloquent tribu te t o the sacr ifi ce and courage of her comrades who did not survive." Tiny tear with creases at top of front hinge, very small remainder mark dot on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD


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