Author Anne Berest Was Afraid of Her Jewishness. Then She Received an Unusual Postcard

‘The word Jewish was never mentioned at home,’ says the author, whose new book, ‘The Postcard,’ is about five generations of her family – from pogroms in Russia to her grandmother’s love triangle

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Gaby Levin
Gaby Levin

The appearance of Anne Berest’s new book, “The Postcard” – a family saga written almost like a detective story, was accompanied by a row that engulfed the French literary world. The list of candidates for the Goncourt literary prize, released at the end of September, had two books about Jewish families in the last century: Berest’s and “The Children of Cadillac” by philosopher Francois Noudelmann.

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