Book of My Mother

Book of My Mother

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Author: Albert Cohen
Bella Cohen/David Coward
Translator(s): Bella Cohen
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 124
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129107058


This is a moving memorial to his mother’s life by Albert Cohen, the internationally renowned author of Belle du Seigneur.

Cohen left France for London to escape the Nazis in 1940. In 1943 he received news of his mother’s death in Marseilles. Unable to mourn her, he expressed his grief in a series of articles for La France libre and revised them in 1954 for publication as Le Livre de ma mere (Book of my Mother). Since then the book has been translated into eleven languages.

Cohen intended it as a tribute to all mothers: I shall not have written in vain if one of you, after reading my song of death, is one evening gentler with his mother because of me and my mother.


I read Book of my Mother twice. This heartrending book haunts you. I just had to go back to it.
-Emile Henriot, Academie Francaise, Le Monde

I do not think anyone has ever written anything more beautiful, more deeply and soberly moving, about a mother and the feelings of tenderness, veneration, regret and even remorse which she can inspire.
-Roger Giron, La Voix du Nord