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Bérénice 1934-44

An Actress in Occupied Paris

Isabelle Stibbe

The winner of nine literary awards in France, including the Prix Simone Veil, celebrating a woman of action, Bérénice 1934–44: An Actress in Occupied Paris is Isabelle Stibbe’s poignant debut novel. Now translated into English by Zack Rogow and Renée Morel, Bérénice 1934–44 reveals a young woman’s struggle to fulfill her career aspirations while concealing herself in war-torn France.

Bérénice yearns to become an actress, but her parents insist that career is not proper for a girl. She defies her Jewish family to become the leading younger actress in the Comédie-Française, France’s most renowned theater, right when the Nazis occupy France. Bérénice hides her true identity and last name to avoid detection. Living in a world without tolerance and torn between two lovers, Bérénice must choose between her passion for the stage, and her allegiance to freedom and to her Jewish heritage.

BIC Classifications

  • Fiction & related items (F)
    • Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) (FA)
    • Historical fiction (FV)
  • Humanities (H)
    • History (HB)
      • History: specific events & topics (HBT)
        • Social & cultural history (HBTB)

BISAC Classifications

  • History (HIS)
    • HISTORY / Europe / France (HIS013000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Fiction & Related items (F)
    • Fiction: general & literary (FB)
      • Modern & contemporary fiction (FBA)
    • Family life fiction (FS)
    • Historical fiction (FV)