Charlotte Salomon is born into a family stricken by suicide and a country at war. But there is something exceptional about her - she has a gift, a talent for painting. And she has a great love, for a brilliant, eccentric musician. But just as she is coming into her own as an artist, death is coming to control her country. The Nazis have come to power and, as a Jew in Berlin, Charlotte's life is narrowing, and she knows every second is precious.
Inspiring, unflinching, terrible and hopeful, Charlotte is the heartbreaking true story of a life filled with curiosity, animated by genius and cut short by hatred.
Publisher: Canongate Books
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 154 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
I am deeply, deeply affected by this sad, beautiful, indignant, wrenching, important book . . . It is an artistic privilege and (I think) almost a moral duty that you all read this - SARAH PERRY, author of THE ESSEX SERPENT
Foenkinos writes arrestingly about Charlotte, masterfully imagining her interior life . . . So much space on the page visually transforms each paragraph into a stanza, while lending the words a solemn weight and power . . . [A] beautiful, wretched story - Guardian
An astonishing novel. Every line has something profound to say about love and loss, hope and fear, time and memory, and the enduring power of art - ANDREW MICHAEL HURLEY, author of THE LONEY
From its striking first sentence there is no turning away . . . A far superior tribute to any commemorative plaque - SARA BAUME, Irish Times
Each sentence begins on a new line, giving it the deceptive look of a long poem. The success of this approach, loyally managed by Sam Taylor in his translation, is the make Charlotte read as a series of tricker-tape bulletins, delivered in breathless fits and starts - London Review of Books
Unforgettable, poetic - Sunday Independent
Quietly but deeply moving, incredibly powerful in its simplicity - CLAIRE NORTH, author of THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST
Heartbreaking. A story about loss and resilience, set in Nazi Germany, Charlotte is an inspiring novel made all the more powerful by being based on a true story about the life of a relatively unknown artist. The ending comes as no surprise, but I still found myself devastated by it - Sarah Crossan, Guardian
A life-changer - POLLY CLARK, author of LARCHFIELD
A tour de force. Every important detail and much more of this supreme artist's life . . . is recorded lovingly, passionately, obsessively and lyrically . . . The verse-like narrative . . . produces a befittingly vibrant creativity - Jewish Chronicle
The reader follows, lump in the throat, fascinated by this tragic fate, which is told with the utmost precision - Livres Hebdo
Whimsical, heart-breaking and fast-paced - The Student
Astounding . . . Foenkinos makes us a part of this hopefully growing community: that of the admirers of a young artist named Charlotte Salomon, assassinated when she was 26 years old - L'Express
A sensitive and deeply moving novel - Paris Match
Astonishing - Le Journal de Dimanche
A shocking novel written with rare delicacy and honesty - Page
Deeply affecting, David Foenkinos' novel is like a song, celebrating the beauty, passion and drive of Charlotte Salomon's life - L'Arche
Devastating . . . Charlotte is one of these books by which a writer measures himself against the rules of his craft. A gamble which more than paid off for Foenkinos - Lire
A beautiful homage - Le Figaro
The charm of this novel can be described in one word: admiration. That of a talented novelist for a genius artist. This feeling gives the book greatness - Le Figaro Litteraire
The striking portrait of a woman whom the writer can't part with. Not to be missed - Nouvelles Semaines
Everything in this book is a success - Rappels
There is no page where the emotion doesn't come through in this poignant ode - Phosphore
To be read in one sitting - Challeges
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