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Ce roman retrace la vie de Charlotte Salomon, artiste peintre morte à vingt-six ans alors qu'elle était enceinte. Après une enfance à Berlin marquée par une tragédie familiale, Charlotte est exclue progressivement par les nazis de toutes les sphères de la société allemande. Elle vit une passion amoureuse fondatrice, avant de devoir tout quitter pour se réfugier en France.Ce roman retrace la vie de Charlotte Salomon, artiste peintre morte à vingt-six ans alors qu'elle était enceinte. Après une enfance à Berlin marquée par une tragédie familiale, Charlotte est exclue progressivement par les nazis de toutes les sphères de la société allemande. Elle vit une passion amoureuse fondatrice, avant de devoir tout quitter pour se réfugier en France. Exilée, elle entreprend la composition d'une œuvre picturale autobiographique d'une modernité fascinante. Se sachant en danger, elle confie ses dessins à son médecin en lui disant : « C'est toute ma vie. » Portrait saisissant d'une femme exceptionnelle, évocation d'un destin tragique, Charlotte est aussi le récit d'une quête. Celle d'un écrivain hanté par une artiste, et qui part à sa recherche....

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Charlotte Reviews

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-04-04 21:04

    I had never heard of this German/Jewish artist before picking up this book, but I have since looked her up and find her paintings fascinating. This is written in the prose style, a style I fell in love with after reading Brown Girl Dreaming, and it tells the story of this young woman and her family. She was born in Berlin, but her family thinks they are getting her to safety by sending her to France, which of course was safe only for a while.The author inserts himself in the story, telling the reader how and why he became fascinated with Charlotte and also the places he visited trying to reconstruct some of her life. That he admired her greatly one can tell by his writing which is full of intelligent observations and fascination with what she managed to create in such a short time. Charlotte's family was a family marred by suicides, and Charlotte herself was prone to dark moods, thoughts. So often these characteristics go with creativity, sad but true. A good blending of history, her experiences trying to survive the Nazi purge, and the personal and professional details of her life. So another rather difficult read but brings attention to a young artist whose life was cut way to short, who lived a hard life during a difficult period in history but still managed to leave an enduring legacy in her art.A link to some of her artwork

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-04-19 21:10

    A verse novel of two obsessions. The first, is Foenkinos's subject, Charlotte Salomon, a Jewish painter who died pregnant in Auschwitz, having spent the last couple of years of her life in relative solitude obsessively, maniacally, painting images of her and her family's life. I just reread a collection: Charlotte: A Diary in Pictures, including 80 of such paintings. When I first read it I became obsessed about her obsession, but could not find her other collection (until recently), Life? or Theatre? a collection which in part focuses on her family history of suicide, seven of eight women. I bought a biography of Salomon recently but had trouble getting into it. The tone wasn't right for my experience of the subject. It lacked the passion (and obsession) of her life as I experienced it.The second obsession is of a novelist, Foenkinos, who had experienced Salomon's work, and couldn't stop thinking of her. For years he couldn't find the form to encapsulate his experience of her life, but finally hit on the verse novel form, where he himself features as a novelist trying to give tribute to her life and work. I can't speak to the translation, but I have read glowing reviews of the original, and I found that some of the verse in English unfortunately came off flatter than I had expected. The novel as biography is fascinating because her life is fascinating, but the biographical rendering of her life is sometimes rather straightforward. But the form in general was original and useful in capturing what many of us experience in encountering her life and work. Her story is sort of quietly, sadly mesmerizing. And why is there so much joy in her work?! That's an inspiring part of her story, and (of course) its endorsement--its celebration!--of art in the performance of a life. When Salomon knew the Nazis were closing on her, she bundled her life work--more than a thousand paintings!--and put it in the safekeeping of a friend, who kept it until after the war. If this is the first you have heard of Salomon, I encourage you to read her work and this novel. You may yourself be obsessed as Foenkinos and I have been.

  • Dannii Elle
    2019-04-17 23:31

    I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, David Foenkinos, and the publisher, Cannongate Books, for this opportunity.This book is a gripping portrait of an exceptional painter and young woman who suffered an early and tragic demise. Charlotte Salomon was gassed along with six million Jews, who were murdered at the hands of the nazis. She was just twenty-six when her life was tragically ended, and pregnant with her first child. Before this, she was a renowned painter, most famed for her series of autobiographical paintings, titled 'Life? Or Theatre?'. This is the biography of her life.I believe this is my first experience of reading an entire novel written in verse and it wasn't nearly as daunting as I had anticipated it to be. The writing was clear, direct and hardly read like prose at all. The truncated sentence length and the abundance of clear, white space around the lines helped with this. Both also made this feel like a very fast read. I liked this style of narrative, although I was expecting something different. I'm not sure what, exactly. I think I assume poetic writing must also be flowery writing and this did not adhere to that style, at all, and yet still managed to be beautiful in places.Despite this being a poignant and haunting piece, especially towards the end, I did not interact with the entirety of it, as I would have liked to. I knew nothing of this painter's life, before reading this, and suffered a little because of it. The central portion started to feel a little too extended and, therefore, dull. I also found myself thrown from the original tale with the intrusion of the author's voice. Whilst full of interesting insights, I found these jarred with the emotion of the piece and I felt plucked from something wonderful and transported back to the regular world. They felt like intrusions rather than necessary commentary.In all, this was a very moving piece and one I hope to come back to when I have gathered more information on the incredible life of an extraordinary woman.

  • Rita
    2019-03-23 23:05

    Me acerco por primera vez a Foenquinos a través de su visión de Charlotte Salomón. Al abrir el libro primera sorpresa. Está lleno de puntos y aparte. Son micro frases componiendo una narración. Me cuesta empezar a leerlo. Leo despacio, parando en cada momento. Y entiendo que un libro así debe estar escrito así. Pocas veces cierro un libro sabiendo que se queda para siempre, pero... Charlotte se queda. Se queda conmigo por un millón de motivos: su estructura, la historia que nos relata, la brevedad de la novela pese a lo mucho que cuenta, sus mil y una frases, sus dos mil momentos, sus vivencias, su capacidad para hacerme buscar mas y mas sobre Charlotte Salomón. Foenkinos hace una novela como pocas he leído, de esas que te gustaría que quedasen encerradas en los libros de literatura para que lo disfruten millones de personas. Ojalá.

  • Claudia
    2019-04-17 19:06

    Leben? oder Theater?Das ist mein ganzes Leben.Aber was ist damit genau gemeint?Ich übergebe Ihnen mein Werk, das mir so viel bedeutet, wie mein Leben.Oder vielleicht: Mein Leben geht zu Ende, hier ist es.Mein GANZES Leben.Man kann diesen Satz auf alle möglichen Arten lesen.Und alle Möglichkeiten scheinen zuzutreffen.Diese Sätze stehen am Ende von Charlottes Leben. Die Nazis rücken näher und sie übergibt ihr Gesamtkunstwerk, das sie "Leben? oder Theater?" nennt, einem Vertrauten.Anfangs hat mich der o. dargestellte Schreibstil etwas irritiert, doch David Foenkinos hat sich mit dieser Geschichte direkt in mein Herz geschrieben. Die Geschichte von Charlotte, die spürt, dass ihr Leben zu Ende geht und es in einem letzten Gesamtkunstwerk weitergeben möchte.Zur Geschichte: Charlotte wächst nach dem Suizid ihrer Mutter in Berlin bei ihrem Vater, einem Arzt und der Stiefmutter, einer Künstlerin, auf. Die Mutter ist bekannt mit Albert Einstein, Erich Mendelsohn, Albert Schweitzer, sodass Charlotte auch mit der kulturellen Seite des Lebens in Verbindung tritt.Sie beginnt zu malen und kehrt dabei ihr Innerstes nach außen. Ihre Bilder zeugen von großer Begabung. Sie trifft ihre große Liebe, die allerdings nicht lange währt, da sie von ihren Eltern ins französische Exil zu den Großeltern geschickt wird. Die Großmutter verfällt in schlimme Depressionen und muss rund um die Uhr bewacht werden. "Der Schlaf ist der einzige Zustand, in dem sie vor sich selbst sicher ist". Schließlich schafft es die Großmutter doch, sich aus dem Fenster zu stürzen. Daraufhin ist Charlotte auch selbstmordgefährdet, schafft es jedoch mit ihrer Malerei, sich davon zu befreien.Es gibt in der Geschichte noch so schöne Sätze wie "Das wahre Maß des Lebens ist die Erinnerung" von Walter Benjamin oder ALLE WEGE LERNTE ICH GEHEN UND WURDE ICH SELBST.Mich hat das Buch dahingehend inspiriert, mich auf die Suche nach Charlottes Bildern zu machen und auch darum vergebe ich 5 Sterne.

  • Camille
    2019-03-26 18:07

    David Foenkinos et moi, on est fâchés depuis ma lecture de La Délicatesse. Certains passages de ce livre m'ont tellement hérissée que je m'en rappelle encore, notamment un paragraphe sur la douceur de la moquette, une sorte d'agglomérat de déclarations à l'eau de rose sur les pieds nus qui foulent la moquette, et de petites phrases interrogatives doucereuses, genre : "Mais qui donc avait inventé la moquette ?" Franchement ça a le don de m'exaspérer. J'imagine encore la voix du narrateur, comme un mec un peu niais, qui aurait décidé de passer sa journée à te susurrer des lieux communs à l'oreille. Alors je peux comprendre le succès d'un tel livre, mais pour moi, il n'y a absolument rien à en retirer. Le vide littéraire, le style complaisant.Retour aujourd'hui de David Foenkinos dans mes étagères, avec Charlotte, sorte de biographie romancée de la peintre allemande Charlotte Salomon. La vie de Charlotte commence dans la noirceur, avec un passé familial empreint de mort et de mystères. Elle se poursuit dans l'Allemagne, à l'heure de la naissance du fascisme, elle se construit malgré les lois antisémites, malgré le futur qu'elle s'obscurcit. Charlotte peint, et part en France, à l'abri des nazis - jusqu'à ce qu'ils la rattrapent.Au fil des pages se dessine le portrait d'une femme attachante, au destin perturbé, une femme qui a su transformer la tragédie de sa vie en formes et en couleurs. L'oeuvre de Charlotte culmine dans "Vie ? Ou Théâtre ?", suite de dessins illustrés de textes, racontant l'histoire de sa vie. Et en gros, David Foenkinos raconte "Vie ? Ou Théâtre ?", de Charlotte Salomon, en entrecoupant le récit du récit de Charlotte de considérations sur son propre regard sur Charlotte. La découverte de Charlotte Salomon - sa vie, son oeuvre, son théâtre ? - est ce que je retirerais d'essentiel de cette lecture ; pourtant, je ne comprends vraiment pas l'intérêt du gigantesque commentaire des mots de Charlotte sur elle-même, entrepris par Foenkinos. Dans "Vie ? Ou Théâtre ?", Charlotte raconte sa vie, mais la transforme, la fantasme. Or, Foenkinos ne prend aucun parti par rapport à ce récit originel : il raconte exactement ce qu'il a lu. Il ne prend pas l'aspect biographique, qui tendrait vers une objectivité ; il ne souligne pas non plus l'aspect fantaisiste, à relier aux formes de la peinture de Charlotte, qu'il décrit d'ailleurs assez peu. Il raconte juste "Vie ? Ou Théâtre ?" Alors, au-delà de la découverte de Charlotte qu'il donne à ses lecteurs, quel est l'intérêt du roman ? En quoi serait-il plus intéressant qu'un simple article à propos de Charlotte Salomon ? Les quelques passages dans lesquels Foenkinos évoque sa passion pour Charlotte, sa quête, sur les traces de la jeune femme, son obsession des plaques commémoratives, ont des accents de vérité, mais pas assez pour justifier l'immense paraphrase que demeure ce livre.J'ajouterait que, pour un roman sur une peintre, la peinture tient véritablement très peu de place dans l'ouvrage. En fait, on peut lire le bouquin en entier, et toujours n'avoir qu'une vague idée de l'univers de Charlotte Salomon, tant ses œuvres (et même ses premiers dessins) sont évoqués de manière vague.Enfin, je voulais juste rappeler que passer à la ligne après chaque point ne fait pas un style.Pas plus que ça ne fait de la poésie.C'est juste une forme faite pour interpeller.Fait de phrases averbales, il interpelle le lecteur non averti, et pourrait même avoir l'air vaguement intello.Mais ça ne rend pas le texte plus intelligent en réalité, pas plus que si tu avais rajouté des lunettes sur la face de quelqu'un. C'est juste une illusion.En fait j'ai l'impression que ce passage à la ligne obsessif vient rattraper la tendance de l'auteur aux phrases brèves et niaises, qui m'avaient déjà agacée dans la Délicatesse. En tout cas, les lecteurs aiment ça, et s'extasient, et en redemandent.Ils ont créé un véritable auteur à bestsellers. Objectivement, Charlotte est meilleur que les autres livres de Foenkinos que j'ai eu l'occasion de lire, mais calmons-nous, ce n'est pas non plus le chef d'oeuvre que certains nous décrivent."Mais qui donc a inventé Foenkinos ?"

  • Robert
    2019-03-25 17:25

    Interesantă cărticică, scrisă într-un mod diferit :) David Foenkinos merită citit!

  • Amélie
    2019-04-09 19:03

    Foenkinos explore la vie de Charlotte Solomon, en se basant principalement sur une espèce d'autobiographie en textes & images que Solomon elle-même a créée. Alors Foenkinos... réécrit essentiellement (ou interprète) l'oeuvre de Solomon.J'ai bien aimé les moments où l'auteur aborde la genèse du livre, ses recherches, son obsession inexplicable (quelles obsessions s'expliquent vraiment?) pour son sujet. J'ai été intriguée, à la fin, quand on apprend que l'autobiographie de Solomon mêle le réel & l'inventé, dans des proportions qu'on ne peut pas vraiment connaître. J'aurais aimé le livre (j'hésite à dire roman?) si on avait navigué dans ces eaux-là. Ce qu'on obtient, plutôt, c'est le récit très linéaire d'une histoire très tragique, qui est arrivée à une artiste très douée, à une époque où les horreurs s'accumulaient de façon absurde. Ce n'est pas mal écrit, ça se lit bien. Des phrases fragmentées & du pesage sur enter. Mais je pense qu'on a le droit de se demander pourquoi un énième récit avec l'Holocauste comme toile de fond (une suite d'événements horribles, & c'est tout à fait légitime que ça nous marque encore, & j'essaie pas de dire autre chose), si c'est pour passer deux cent vingt pages à remâcher les mots de la principale intéressée?D'où les deux étoiles, j'imagine. (Ç'aurait ou être trois. Ç'aurait aussi pu être deux & demie, goodreads!)

  • Zorana
    2019-03-19 16:09

    Wahoo.This book totally deserves his price and need to be translate asap!!That's the word to express how I feel about this book. I read it in one sitting basically.This book is about a young woman named Charlotte Salomon who was a German Jewish girl born in the wrong time.This was such a powerful book. Reading about someone's life is absolutely fascinating and even more when this person is part of our History and here it is,a woman who died at the WW2.The author's writing was absolutely wonderful and fast paced because It was kind of written in verse. I'm always reading for some non fonction books and this one was just the perfect one. It deals with Charlotte's curse of a familly and how at the end she escaped it even though she tragically died and was carrying life. Because yes she was pregnant of 4months when this happened. So much tragedies in her familly with all the suicides on the woman side but even her oncle. And yet,she did not fall for this wave of tragedy she,in one way,survived,dramatically. Her love for painting was really touching and learning about her life was absolutely thrilling.Now I really need to buy me a copy of this book because my bestie lent it to me and It sure is one of my non fictonal fav books of 2015!5/5 stars for sure.

  • Petya
    2019-04-19 16:32

    Книгата успя да ме трогне. Стилът на автора е специфичен - кратки изречения, изпълнени с емоции, максимално пълнокръвни и информативни. Художничката Шарлот Соломон много е впечатлила Давид Фоенкинос и той тръгва по нейните стъпки и разкрива краткия й и трагично завършил 26-годишен живот. Фоенкинос успява да накара читателя да почувства всичко, през което преминава неговата героиня. Особено травмиращо е, че става въпрос за истинска, а не въображаема история. Един живот, прекършен, преди да разцъфти. Много тъжна, но силна книга за голямата трагедия на евреите, убити по време на Втората Световна Война.

  • Mientras Leo
    2019-04-14 18:08

    Una experiencia literaria con una historia que merece la pena ser descubiertaMás en

  • Parissa Ahmadi
    2019-04-03 20:04

    آزار دهنده اس که بخاطر چیزی که خودتون درش نقشی نداشتید مجازات بشید.از نفرت انگیز ترین های این دنیا نژادپرستی است.

  • Mike Sumner
    2019-04-15 19:28

    'I am deeply, deeply affected by this sad, beautiful, indignant, wrenching, important book... It's stunning' Sarah Perry author of The Essex Serpent. How can I add to that. This story about Charlotte Salomon is heartbreaking - and true. I have read many books about the horrors of Naziism during the 2nd World War and their 'Final Solution'. Charlotte is different. David Foenkinos writes in prose form and it is this simplicity that makes Charlotte's story all the more lucid, inspiring and yet - awful.Charlotte Salomon was born in Berlin in 1917. Unknown in her lifetime, she was one of Germany's great modern artists. Her greatest achievement was Life? or Theatre?. A song-play - an autobiographical series of 769 works, which she painted in the South of France while in hiding from the Nazis. Salomon died in Auschwitz in 1943, gassed along with her unborn child shortly after her arrival.Foenkinos's achievement in researching Salomon's story is monumental. His writing has produced a beautifully told memorial of yet another victim of Nazi brutality. As a Jew in Berlin she is torn from her family and chased from her country, seeks refuge in France and pays the ultimate price. Her life.Everyone should read this book. This exquisite book about an artist named... Charlotte Salomon.

  • Imen Benyoub
    2019-04-01 00:22

    David Foenkinos traces the life of Charlotte Salomon, a German Jewish artist from her early childhood until her death pregnant in a concentration camp.Charlotte was a melancholic child, her mother suicided and her father was married to his work, she discovered art and entered an academy (as a jew it was a challenge but her talent was above racism). with the war, Charlotte, a young woman left Berlin, her family and her lover to live in France with her grandparents, there she will create her most famous work "life or theater" that will mark her as a genuis in the art world..she was pregnant when she died, her husband died before her in a camp as well..

  • Tatyana Naumova
    2019-04-16 21:14

    Долго думала, что меня коробит в этой книге, но наконец прняла. Допустим, вы приехали на экскурсию в Освенцим. Ходите и ходите, но периодически из-за угла выскакивает эксгибиционист, распахивает плащ, трясет невеликим мужским достоинством и кричит:"Меня так потряс Холокост! Я так тонко организован!" Понятно, что Освенцим из-за этого не станет менее чудовищным, но осадочек останется.

  • Nezabravka
    2019-04-03 16:03

    Невероятно въздействаща книга!Написана по специфичен начин-като стихотворение без рима,с кратки,но изненадващо описателни изречения . Мислех,че ще ми е трудно да я чета,а в един момент дори не усещаш как задъхано преминаваш през целия живот на Шарлот.

  • Jonathan Bécotte
    2019-04-10 19:28

    D'une grande poésie.

  • David Johnson
    2019-03-28 20:21

    What an oddly brilliant novel-biography-memoir is quasi-verse. I'll now have to look up Life? or Theatre?

  • jeremy
    2019-03-23 19:06

    some uncertainties end as inevitabilities.dolorous and devastating, david foenkinos's charlotte is the novelization of the tragic life of berlin-born jewish artist charlotte salomon. surrounded by suicide, young charlotte turned to art to make sense of her life and the world around her, developing a singular style that would later garner fair acclaim. while her talents drew attention early on, it wasn't until after she was murdered at auschwitz (at the age of 26, while pregnant) that her work rose to any real prominence.foenkinos's fictionalized biography of salomon is told in poetic prose; each sentence its own line. with admiration, curiosity, and passion, the french screenwriter/novelist weaves his own discovery of charlotte and her work into the tale. charlotte is an unforgettable, heartrending portrait of an artist ensnared by horrors personal and political. beauty, melancholy, and often crushing sorrow abound, yet foenkinos's greatest strength is his ability to capture and convey so much humanity amidst the unfathomably inhumane.she is used to burying her pain.even the rawest and most immediate.she knows better than anyone how to cover a accustomed has she grown to suffering.*translated from the french by sam taylor (de keranagal, laurent binet, joel dicker)(4.5 stars)

  • Olga
    2019-03-19 22:13

    Many years ago I bought a book of reproductions of paintings by the artist Charlotte Salomon. I knew little about her except that she had died in Auschwitz at the age of 26. So my curiosity was piqued when I heard a discussion on the radio of a new novel about her life by the French novelist David Foenkinos, especially since the book was being praised enthusiastically. The paintings reproduced in my book are only a small selection of the 769 paintings that she completed as a visual autobiography over a period of about two years shortly before she was captured by the nazis. There is a brief description of her life in Wikipedia, including examples of her work, so I won’t go into details here, except to say that her life was fascinating, dramatic and turbulent even before Hitler came to power, and that she was a very complex and interesting person. the book also offers interesting descriptions of intellectual and artistic life in nazi Berlin, since through her stepmother, Charlotte met many well-known artists.I wish I had the option of giving 4.5 stars. I gave it 5 stars because I really enjoyed reading this odd book which is written as a series of short one-line sentences (given the many sad and tragic events in Charlotte’s life, “enjoyed” is not really the most appropriate word to describe my reading experience – I was absorbed and fascinated, and one evening I even had to put the book aside because I was unable to fall asleep). Because of this it looks like a poem, although it doesn’t have the eliptical complexity of much poetry. Instead, the sentences are simple and straightforward, but pack a strong emotional punch, as even the most painful events are described with deceptive almost deadpan simplicity. The problem I have with this book is one that I have with all biographies of real people that are written as fiction but meant to sound like fact – I keep wanting to know how much is actually “true” and what the author invented, and that leaves me with a vague sense of dissatisfaction. As a novel it is excellent – as a biography – I can’t tell. This book seems to belong to a new category of book which, like HHhH (another brilliant bio-as-fiction) lies somewhere between straight biography and fiction – of course it is impossible for even books that are presented as biographies cannot possibly get at the “whole truth” about their subjects. Perhaps it is a sign of honesty that the biographical novel acknowledges that the author could not possibly have access to many of the conversations, various intimate details, and other events that are described. But did they really happen? At various points in the text Foenkinos introjects little tidbits about how he did his research – where he went, whom he interviewed, etc., making the book even more like a cross between biography and fiction, but seeming to stake more of a claim for biographical accuracy.So far Charlotte is available only in French, but it certainly deserves to be translated, however for anybody whose French is imperfect (as mine is) it should not be too challenging since the style is very uncomplicated. The entire series of Charlotte’s paintings have been published as a book with the title she gave them: Life? or Theatre? – available on the internet for about $900, but it can be found in some libraries.

  • Yuki Shimmyo
    2019-03-26 19:05

    I was deeply moved by this beautiful and haunting tribute to the life and incandescent talent of young Charlotte Salomon. She was raised in a cultured household in Berlin, survived strange repeated family tragedy, and had the prescience in her mid 20s to preserve her life's story in a unique way (that likely saved her sanity) before perishing naked and five-months-pregnant in a gas chamber in Auschwitz.Foenkinos' choice to use short sentences each on one line, not unlike music lyrics, gives a propulsive force to the read, the urgency is palpable. Yet there is breathing space around the words -- I've practiced a little Japanese calligraphy, so the use of negative space makes sense, makes it readable. The same sentences would not have the same effect strung together in paragraphs. My one quibble with this novel is I did not like it when the the writer inserted himself, but he does admit to struggling with this choice. I might have preferred a change of font or a second column or same-page footnotes, but once in the grip of the story it becomes less distracting. Now I too feel somewhat obsessed with Charlotte Salomon after learning her story and would love to pore over her entire work Life? or Theater? (Leben? oder Theater?) while Bach or Schubert plays in the background. 4.5/5 starsLife? or Theater? is a conversation between sensations.Painting, words, and music too.A union of arts necessary for healing a wrecked life. (p. 170)In January 1933, the hatred comes to power.Paula no longer has the right to perform in public.For Albert, professional death will surely follow too.Medical care carried out by Jews is no longer reimbursed.He imagines them taking away his teaching diploma.He who has made important discoveries.Attacks are spreading, books are burning.In the Salomon's apartment, they meet up in the evenings.Artists, intellectuals, doctors.Some continue to believe this is a passing phase.The logical consequences of an economic crisis.Someone must always be blamed for a nation's woes.Charlotte listens to the discussions of the destroyed. (p.51)She does not want to be a widow.She's already a...Actually, what is the word for someone who has lost a sister?There is no word. (p. 16)She tames her melancholy.Is this how one becomes an artist?By growing accustomed to the madness of others? (p. 20)

  • Cindy
    2019-03-24 00:11

    Une écriture que j'aime depuis des années, un écrivain que j'estime depuis presque une décennie. Ces romans ont une saveur particulière, que l'on retrouve dans celui-ci. De la simplicité accentuée par ces courtes phrases et ces harmonieux sauts de ligne. On entre sans détour dans la tragédie familiale de Charlotte Salomon, des nombreux suicides au cataclysme de la guerre, en passant par la passion de l'héroïne, la peinture. On s'attache à cette personne, à sa vie, à ses antécédents, à son entourage, à son affection pour l'art. On souhaite que tout se finisse au mieux, que tout ce petit monde se retrouve et profite enfin d'une vie sans conflit, marquée par la liberté. Un texte poétique, des personnages émouvants, une histoire ancrée dans la réalité, emprunte de stigmates et de traces du passé. "Les mots n'ont pas toujours besoin d'une destination.On les laisse s'arrêter aux frontières des sensations" ;"Le présent commence à prendre la forme du toujours".

  • Luc Séguin
    2019-04-14 17:09

    Est-il encore possible aujourd'hui de raconter une histoire liée à la Shoah ? Des milliers de récits, d'essais, de films, de documentaires, dont certains inoubliables, marquants... Et, dans l'imaginaire collectif, des images, des scènes, des émotions poignantes... Ce problème est au coeur de Charlotte, dernier roman de David Foenkinos, racontant la vie d'une peintre allemande morte à Auschwitz en 1943. Comment rendre justice à ce que fut cette femme, et l'inscrire dans l'Histoire ? Comment éviter la banalité, la redite, le cliché ? Ici, le lecteur est au centre de la stratégie d'écriture.Suite ici :

  • Milly Cohen
    2019-04-11 18:29

    Sigo leyendo libros de cinco estrellas, qué feliz me hace eso!No hay que dejar de leer este libro, además de otra historia de una víctima del terror nazi, también una profundísima reflexión sobre el destino, la depresión, el karma, la familia, el amor, el arte y la desazón, o sea, la vida misma.Escrito de una forma totalmente distinta a lo que he leído, parece que me cuentan la historia al oído, haciéndose notar el autor de vez en cuando durante su prosa, pero sobre todo, ayudándome a mi a entremezclarme con la historia de la protagonista. Excelente lectura!

  • Shawn
    2019-04-19 00:22

    Haunting story, beautifully and uniquely told. Classified as a novel, this tells the all-too-true story of Charlotte Salomon, the artist, and her short, trouble-filled life. The author admits to being obsessed with her, and adopts a very creative method for telling about her life and his obsession in a way that dignified both. Well done.

  • Philippe Malzieu
    2019-03-31 21:17

    Modiano for poor people

  • Blair
    2019-03-19 22:08

    Charlotte isn't easy to write about. What exactly is it? The story is based on fact: the life of German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon, who was executed at Auschwitz aged 26. But it's clear that many of the scenes here are embellished, at least mildly fictionalised. At various points throughout the book, without breaking the flow of the narrative, Foenkinos talks about the process of writing Charlotte, his own fascination with Salomon, and the places he visited to get a sense of her life. This stitching together of genres and the use of the author's voice recall Laurent Binet's HHhH (the two books also share a translator, Sam Taylor). The author calls Charlotte a novel, but that doesn't seem quite right; it is, perhaps, a loose, creative biography.It's also unusually laid out. Every sentence marks the start of a new line. On the page, it looks like a poem, but it doesn't read like one, although the simple sentences give it a distinctive style – clean and clear. In one of his asides to the reader, Foenkinos explains 'I felt the need to move to the next line in order to breathe. So, I realised that I had to write it like this.' The product of this method is straightforward and very easy to read. Yet the simplicity of the form is in contrast to the story told, which is filled with suffering, from the depression that plagued Salomon's maternal family line (at least five close relatives, including her mother, committed suicide) to her tragic death.Salomon's autobiographical masterwork was named Leben? oder Theater? – Life? or Theatre? It is a collection of more than seven hundred pieces of art: a series of paintings, forming a narrative designed to be performed as a play, complete with dialogue and instructions for musical accompaniment. Through the work, the artist tells the story of her life and family history, exaggerating and distorting some details, and turning others into outright fantasy. Salomon's stepmother believed her relationship with eccentric musician Alfred Wolfsohn was mostly in the girl's head, while the prolific recurrence of his image in her work points to a deeper involvement. But the real answer is obscure: powerful art overwrites truth, perceived 'truth' is inevitably superimposed over art, and so on.Charlotte, too, plays with the themes of life and theatre. It is a poignant, self-aware mixture of the two, imagining a way to fill the gaps in this fragmented story. Just as Salomon rewrote her own history, Foenkinos follows in the artist's footsteps, creating biographical fiction in a fitting homage to her magnum opus.I received an advance review copy of Charlotte from the publisher through NetGalley.TinyLetter | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  • Mandy
    2019-03-29 00:14

    I’d never even heard of Charlotte Salomon before and how pleased I am to have now discovered her thanks to David Foenkinos’ powerful and moving fictionalised biography of her. He claims it is a novel but this seems disingenuous to me, as it is clearly based almost entirely on fact, not least as he drew on her own art as his principal source. Be that as it may, this exploration of her life and work is beautifully conveyed in very spare and simple language – every sentence is on a new line – and the author clearly feels a deep emotional attachment to Salomon. A German artist – but also tragically for the times, a Jew - Salomon was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943 aged just 26. In this concise novel/biography the author has created a memorable and haunting depiction of this talented woman whose work thankfully survived her. He admits to his own obsession with her and his desire to get to know her and walk in her footsteps. This personal approach worked most effectively in making her come alive for the reader. I very much enjoyed the book and also found it a wonderful stepping stone to discovering more about Charlotte Salomon and her paintings.

  • Patrick Book
    2019-03-24 16:25

    This is one of the most beautiful and best novels I’ve ever read. Vonnegut prized economy of words in his writing, insisting that every sentence should advance the story and give the reader something to grasp. I have never seen that concept executed so strongly and flawlessly and poetically. This is heartbreaking and moving and all that stuff.

  • Justine
    2019-04-08 21:08

    Une rencontre délicate et poignante avec Charlotte Salomon, un destin et une vie bousculée par son époque...Je suis émue, ce bouquin est une pépite !Merci David FoenkinosJe recommande :)