BENABOU, MARCEL; MOTTE, WARREN (PREFACE).
Title Jacob, Menahem & Mimoun: A Family Epic.
Book Condition Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition.
Edition This is Volume 11 in the Stages series.
Publisher University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 1998.
0803212852 / 9780803212855
Seller ID 71604X1
Marcel Bnabou is a professor of ancient history at the University of Paris and the permanent provisional secretary of Oulipo. Steven Rendall is the author of Distinguo: Reading Montaigne Differently. Warren Motte, a professor of French at the University of Colorado, is the author of several books including Playtexts: Ludics in Contemporary Literature (Nebraska 1995). "A dry wit and surprising pathos infuse this 'family epic,' which turns out to be 'merely' the telling of Bnabou's failed attempt at creating his literary masterpiece. . . . [An] artistic tour-de-force, by turns playful and serious."—Kirkus Reviews "What we have before us is . . . the very book [Bnabou] was trying to write all along, in a language whose clarity, luminosity and beauty call to mind Proust, Leiris and Jabes. This is a book about memory and history, the way personal memory and family history intersect and depart from a collective, historical memory and experience of a specific people at a specific moment in time."—Review of Contemporary Fiction "[Bnabou] tells the history of a Moroccan Jewish community in the city of Meknes through the history of a family, particularly the lives of three of the author's great grandparents: Jacob, Menahem, and Mimoun. What Bnabou terms a family novel is in reality a family history mixed in with a great deal of reflection on the mysteries of memory, change, writing, and literary form."—Library Journal 1998 National Jewish Book Award, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council, autobiography / memoir category winner. Translated into English from the Fench by Steven Rendall.
(Key Words: Memoirs, Marcel Benabou, National Jewish Book Award Winners, Morocco, Meknes, Judaica, Memoirs, Autobiography, Jewish History, North Africa, Warren Motte, Steven Rendall).