By Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt

Anna, Hanna, and Anny. 3 younger women, loose spirits all, every one at odds with the age during which they reside. regardless of the centuries that divide them, their tales intersect—a astounding narrative method that lends expanding pressure and richness to this novel, which builds to an exhilarating crescendo of unforeseen revelations.

Anne lives in Flanders within the 16th century. She’s a mystic who talks with animals like Saint Francis; she unearths God in nature and can't comprehend the necessity for spiritual rituals. but her principles run opposed to the mood of the days. it's the age of the counterreformation and the Inquisition. Her serenity and the free tongues of these who secretly envy her, bring about her being branded a heretic, with tragic effects. Hanna lives in Vienna at first of the 20th century. She is a tender noblewoman, disenchanted with bourgeois conventions, who undertakes a trip of self-discovery. After a lot unhappiness she is going to discover a process for uncovering the roots of her malaise in a brand new healing built by way of a Viennese surgeon through the identify of Sigmund Freud. Anny is a Hollywood celebrity of the 2000s. hooked on superstar and to number of illicit ingredients she is looking for which means in international the place the single obvious factor of any price is funds. either her curse and her solace, appearing will provide her the most important to a open a brand new bankruptcy in her lifestyles the place she is going to locate love, companionship, and the which means she has been looking for.

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A T A G L A N C E 45 The Grand Trianon at Versailles, built by louis le Vau in 1668 Sainte-Chapelle. Louis Le Vau (1612–70) and Jules HardouinMansart (1646–1708) designed Versailles (see pp248–53). JacquesAnge Gabriel (1698–1782) built the Petit Trianon (see p249) and Place de la Concorde (see p131). Haussmann (1809–91) gave the city its boulevards (see pp34–5). Gustave Eiffel (1832–1923) built his tower in 1889. A century later, I M Pei added the Louvre’s glass pyramid (see p129), Jean Nouvel created the Institut du Monde Arabe (see p164) and the Musée du Quai Branly (see pp192–3), while Dominique Perrault was behind the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (see p246).

The kitchen was built at the back with a sloping glass roof. The garage was built into the ground floor. Claudine in Paris by Colette The Claudine series of novels, written by Colette Willy, known simply as “Colette”, were extremely popular in the 1930s. Windows were arranged in a horizontal strip. 1931 Colonial Exhibition 1930 A visitor to the exhibition in colonial dress 1932 1937 Picasso paints Guernica in protest at the Spanish Civil War 1934 1936 1934 Riots and strikes in response to the Depression 1938 1940 World War II: Paris bombed and occupied by Nazis 1940 1942 Symbol of Free French superimposed on the victory sign 1937 Palais de Chaillot built Aug 1944 Liberation of Paris 40 i n t r o d u c i n g pa r i s The Modern City in 1962, a program of renovation began, with run-down districts like the Marais being restored.

Other famous exiles have included Chou En-Lai (1898–1976), Ho Chi Minh (1890 –1969), Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870–1924), Oscar Wilde (1854– 1900) and ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev (1938 –93). The duke and duchess of Windsor Proust by J-e Blanche (about 1910) SCIenTISTS Paris has a Quartier Pasteur, a Boulevard Pasteur, a Pasteur metro and the world-famous Institut Pasteur (see p247), all in honor of Louis Pasteur (1822–95), the great French chemist and biologist. His apartment and laboratory are faithfully preserved.

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