Publication Date: 28 Mar 2023
Categories: Poetry, Short Stories and PlaysISBN: 9781915603159
Women as seen through the eyes of men! Set in a Paris restaurant, a reunion of old school friends provides a vehicle for the telling of after-dinner anecdotes on the theme of male–female relationships. A chance meeting, a moment of love, a tender memory, a bitter one.
The stories unfold in North Africa and France across the twentieth century. A fine irony runs through the book, as much a work of social criticism as human romance. One story harks back to childhood, another chronicles the ravages of old age. Some are poignant, others are wry and witty, all are wise and well observed. A recurrent theme emerges in the way that, for Albert Memmi, an individual woman in her uniqueness embodies the essence of all femininity. He pays homage to women, as only a man who loves them can do.
Albert Memmi was born in Tunis in 1920 and settled in France after the Second World War. He was an internationally renowned fiction writer, essayist, teacher and social commentator, recipient of the Legion D’Honneur and recognised by the Académie Française for the whole of his work. He died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, just west of Paris, on the 22nd of May 2020 at the age of ninety-nine.
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