Wide awake : a novel / Robert Bober ; translated from the French by Carol Volk
- Uniform Title
- On ne peut plus dormir tranquille quand on a une fois ouvert les yeux. English
- New York : The New Press : Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2012
"Coming of age in 1960s Paris, Bernard Appelbaum exists in the hazy shadow of the Holocaust and on the electric cusp of the French New Wave. We find the narrator of Wide awake as he wanders the city streets in search of signs of his father, who was deported by the Nazis in 1942. Bernard's chance encounter with a former acquaintance who has become filmmaker François Truffaut's assistant leads to a spot as an extra on the set of Jules and Jim--setting into motion a series of discoveries and lost memories that crack open a hidden past. On seeing Jules and Jim, Bernard's mother is moved to divulge the secrets of her own past as a Jewish-Polish immigrant to France, which curiously mirrors that of the film's heroine. When revelations about his mother's two loves lead Bernard on a fateful journey through Paris, to Germany, and then to Auschwitz itself, he must plumb haunting depths in order to recover his own identity."--Publisher's description.
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