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August 3, 2021


#French Rien où poser sa tête

by N@ncy

  • Author: Françoise Frenkel
  • Genre:  memoir
  • Title:  Rien où poser sa tête
  • Published:  1945
  • #WITMonth
  • #WomenInTranslation
  • #SummerInOtherLanguages


  • Again, I was seduced by the cover and
  • …the English title A Bookstore in Berlin.
  • I remembered the old adage,
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • The book did have:
  • Strong point: conflict in the form of a harrowing journey
  • Strong point: structure chronological…very easy to follow
  • Strong point: universal theme persecution of ethnic group (Jews)
  • Weak point: as others have noted….the omission of any mention
  • of the author’s husband! That’s not something you would forget.
  • Weak point: Ms Frenkel is not a professional writer and it shows.
  • Weak point: the ‘hook’ in the first chapters, her bookstore in Berlin
  • …just disappeared.15% about the store 85 % about the author’s
  • journey through occupied France hoping to reach Switzerland.


  • Conclusion:
  • I was not swept away by a combination of great story and great writing
  • …but flattened by facts and the mediocre.
  • Recommendation: leave this book on the library shelf and do yourself
  • a favor and search for
  • A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary.
  • I read the French version….and it STILL lingers in my mind!
  • Une femme à Berlin
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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Aug 3 2021

    Oh that’s a shame, but that cover!!!



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