International literary phenomenon, multiple award-winner, and massive bestseller with over 500,000 copies in print in France and rights sold in 24 countries, Charlotte tells a fictionalized version of Charlotte Salomon's story with passion, life, humor, and intelligent observation. An utterly original tribute to Charlotte Salomon's tragic life and transcendent art, Foenkinos's novel is the result of a long-cherished desire to honor this young artist. Infused with the emotion of a writer who connects deeply with his subject, and masterfully and sensitively translated by Sam Taylor, Charlotte is a triumph of creative expression, a monument to genius stilled too soon, and an ode to the will to survive.
A searing portrait of a brilliant artist.
A sensitive and deeply moving novel.
I am deeply, deeply affected by this sad, beautiful, indignant, wrenching, important book . . . Stunning.--Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
Foenkinos's paean of Charlotte Salomon's life . . . is a tour de force. Every important detail and much more of this supreme artist's life--'a hierarchy of horror'--is recorded lovingly, passionately, obsessively, and lyrically.
Within this crystalline form pulses every shade of emotion, from elation and amusement to longing and sorrow . . . exquisitely empathetic and stunningly tragic.
For fans of Anne Frank, this is indeed a must-read novel . . . Beautifully told.
David Foenkinos is a screenwriter and the author of fourteen novels translated into forty languages, including La Delicatesse, Les Souvenirs, and Je Vais Mieux. In 2011, with his brother, he adapted his book La Delicatesse for the film Delicacy, starring Audrey Tautou and Francois Damiens.