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Stephanie Smee - No Place to Lay One's Head

A bitter, beautiful and important book— Robert Fisk

Originally published in 1945 in post-war Geneva, No Place to Lay One’s Head is one woman’s story of escape from Vichy France.

Françoise Frenkel was a Jewish woman born in Poland and enamoured of all things literary and French. In 1921 she set up the first French-language bookshop in Berlin which was a roaring suggest attracting diplomats, celebrities, authors and artists. But life became untenable for a Jewish woman at this time in Berlin and she was forced to to flee to Paris. Her observations of and interactions with the French people - both those who would give her up to Nazi authorities and those who risked their own lives by offering her refuge - tell us much about humanity.

Recently rediscovered and published in France, this English edition has been lovingly translated by Australian Stephanie Smee. After giving up her life as a lawyer, Stephanie has returned to her linguistic roots, translating several classic nineteenth century French children’s books, as well as Jules Verne’s historical adventure novel, Michel Strogoff. She is also working with her Swedish mother on the first English translation of an iconic series of Swedish children’s books.

Join us as she discusses literary translation, life in France and her love of books, words and history.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or soft drink)


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