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The story of Blanche and Marie

Author: Per Olov Enquist
Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hailed internationally for his unique ability to shape historical facts into tales of extraordinary depth and probing insight, Per Olov Enquist has long been regarded as one of the world's foremost authors of literary fiction. In The story of Blanche and Marie, Enquist has once again found inspiration from the historical record, this time exploring the complex relationship between two of the twentieth century's
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Biographical fiction
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Named Person: Marie Curie; Blanche Wittman; Marie Curie; Blanche Wittman; Marie Curie; Blanche Wittman
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Per Olov Enquist
ISBN: 9781843432333 1843432331
OCLC Number: 65469748
Awards: Short-listed for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2007
Description: 218 pages ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Boken om Blanche och Maria.
Responsibility: Per Olov Enquist ; translated from the Swedish by Tiina Nunnally.
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Using Blanche Wittman's notebooks - "The Book of Questions", this work weaves fact and fiction to render the extraordinary relationship of two extraordinary women at the dawn of a century of  Read more...

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