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Twenty years after his mother and father jumped to their deaths from a balcony, Philippe Grimbert has written a gripping novel about the hidden memories that dominated their lives.

A colossal bestseller in Europe, Memory is the story of a family haunted by the secret of their past: an illicit love affair, a lost child, and a devastating betrayal dating back to the Second
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2004)
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Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went to the Holocaust Museum here in Dallas, TX the other day. They had a special exhibit, about the children of the Holocaust. I was fortunate to hear, Mike Jacobs' speak about his experience in the prison camps, he has written a book called, "Holocaust Survivor," that I purchased after hearing him speak. He was a child in the Holocaust, 14 years of age when the Nazis marched into his world. As was said by Brasillach during the war: "Above all, don't forget about the little ones." (pg 150)

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Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of my project to read every book that has ever won the Prix Goncourt des lycéens…

“Un Secret” is not a long book. At first glance, it looks simply to be the story of a young Philippe Grimbert, born in late 1940’s France, who invents an imaginary older brother to compensate for his self-esteem issues…

As the story progresses, it seems to develop into a look back at the life of M. Grimbert’s parents- namely, how they met and fall in love. However, the book soon takes a very
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Dans ce roman bouleversant, Philippe Grimbert raconte comment le secret qui rongeait sa famille a hanté son enfance avant de lui être révélé, le libérant de ses démons. Tout au long du récit, ce secret dévorant et destructeur est présent, créant un climat de malaise chez le lecteur même : on en ignore encore la teneur, mais le narrateur ne cesse de l’évoquer ou d’en révéler quelques bribes, par anticipation, comme s’il ne parvenait à le retenir en lui avant de le narrer tout à fait. C
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good friend of mine recommended this book, one of her favorite books of all time, to me. She said it could possibly change my life to read it. I don’t know about you, but I am all for reading books that could shake the psychic ground beneath me.

And so I immediately bought it. It is a tiny book, less than 150 pages and the pages are about 6″x4″, the size of large index cards–but oh my, it covers so much psychic and narrative ground in that spare ground! It is full of soul. And it makes me want
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A French psychoanalyst and writer creates a fictional but autobiographical account of his family history amidst the horror of the Nazi occupation of France. It is a small pocket size book, sparse but powerful. Written from the prospective of a child as he discovers the devastating affect the war had upon his family. The surviving family members rely on secrets as surely a survival mechanism learned during and after the war trying to heal scars impossible to heal. Is left to their child to sort i ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This one story is just stupefying... The author made it perfect and easy to understand !
I am shook
Read it :)
Кремена Михайлова
Ето защо не спах тази нощ.
Онова рядко потъване още от първата страница. Откриване на лична връзка (слава Богу без никаква световна война; има и лични такива). Защо, защо, защо децата се раждат със страхове (не искам психолозите да ми обясняват – заради тайните). Защо до 6-7 г. бях такава пъзла и циврех от всичко. Защо синът ми докъм 8 годишен плачеше насън през нощта. Защо имам брат, а почти нищо не помня от общото ни детство. Защо приятелят на сина ми често му завижда, че „няма брат, който да
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised at what a quick read this was. Although it was quick it touches on very deep issues. While all books concerning the treatment of Jewish people in areas of Europe during WWII are devastating and sad this book didn't go into the more depressing and gory aspects of the experience which lots of books do. Of course, like any book with this topic its story was sad and touching but it contained the element of healing on the part of the narrator which was a touching element to the book. ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cette histoire m'a touché. Après d'avoir visité Auschwitz il n'y a pas longtemps, j'ai imaginé tous les événements et je n'ai pas pu éviter de sentir douleur. Mes félicitations à l'auteur, je pense qu'il a écrit très bien, toutes les descriptions des lieux et des personnages sont bien composées, elles sont assez. Et bon évidemment l'histoire est magnifique, c'est une perspective différente de l'absurde seconde guerre mondiale.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Perhaps the best compliment a writer can get: this felt like it was a true story. And maybe it was - I don't know, and in some ways I don't want to know. Even as fiction, it's still hard to accept what happened. This is an emotional, painful novel. The Holocaust and the ripples of its legacy never gets any easier to comprehend. A haunting, but necessary read.
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