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Resistance: Memoirs of Occupied France [Hardcover]

Agnes Humbert , Barbara Mellor
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'...remarkable... This is both a historically important document and a fine literary achievement. The unbearable becomes bearable through Humbert's words.' -- The Independent on Sunday, Christian House

'An astonishing work, almost unbearable to read in places, yet ultimately inspiring... a remarkable book by a remarkable and brave woman.' -- Literary review, Allan Massie

'Humbert's memoir bears witness to innumerable horrors, presented here with a pugnacious courage which defies the starvation, misery and butchery she chronicles...' -- The Guardian, Carmen Callil

'It is an astonishing work, almost unbearable to read in places, yet ultimately inspiring. It evokes horror and compels admiration.'
-- Literary Review, 6th September, 2008

'Even writing about her darkest experiences, Humbert still conveys enough resilience and humour to make you want to stand up and cheer.' -- Waterstones Books Quarterly

'Humbert could write, and her personality bounces through every page of her diary... in an excellent translation by Barbara Mellor.' -- Guardian Online, Books, 6th September, 2008

'Humbert's memoir bears witness to innumerable horrors, presented here with a pugnacious courage' -- Guardian Online, Books, 6th September, 2008

'It is an astonishing work, almost unbearable to read in places, yet ultimately inspiring. It evokes horror and compels admiration.' -- Allan Massie, Literary Review.

`Agnès Humbert bears devastating witness to her time ... an insider's account of the germination of the French Resistance' -- William Boyd

`Both a historically important document and a fine literary achievement'
-- Independent on Sunday

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'Humbert's memoir bears witness to innumerable horrors, presented here with a pugnacious courage'

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'Humbert could write, and her personality bounces through every page of her diary... in an excellent translation by Barbara Mellor.'

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'It is an astonishing work, almost unbearable to read in places, yet ultimately inspiring. It evokes horror and compels admiration.'

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'It is an astonishing work, almost unbearable to read in places, yet ultimately inspiring. It evokes horror and compels admiration.'

About the Author

Agnes Humbert was born in 1896 in Dieppe, and married the artist Georges Sabbagh in 1916. They had two sons. Agnes continued her studies in art history, but they were divorced in 1934. In 1936 she published an influential book Louis David: peintre et conventionnel, which made her reputation as an art historian. The following year she was recruited to the staff of the newly created Musee National des Arts et Traditions Populaires, a sister institution to the Musee de l'Homme. After the war she refused on principle to return to the post from which she had been sacked, but continued to write books on art until her death in 1963. Barbara Mellor is a translator specialising in the fine and decorative arts, art history, architectural history, fashion and design. Her most recent projects include The House of Dior and The Society Portrait (both Thames & Hudson), and a series of exhibition catalogues for individual contemporary artists. She now divides her time between the Scottish Borders and the Aveyron.
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