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Les Parisiennes
Author: Anne Sebba

ISBN: 9781474601733
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 26 July 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.9
Description:
What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until - finally - renewal and retribution. Even at the darkest moments of Occupation, with the Swastika flying from the Eiffel Tower and pet dogs abandoned howling on the streets, glamour was ever present. French women wore lipstick. Why?

It was women more than men who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis - perhaps selling them their clothes or travelling alongside them on the Metro, where a German soldier had priority over seats. By looking at a wide range of individuals from collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes to teachers and writers, Anne Sebba shows that women made life-and-death decisions every day, and often did whatever they needed to survive. Her fascinating cast of characters includes both native Parisian women and those living in Paris temporarily - American women and Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, and fashion and jewellery designers.

Some women, like the heiress Beatrice de Camondo or novelist Ir ne N mirovsky, converted to Catholicism; others like lesbian racing d...

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