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The Travels of Daniel Ascher

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A sensation in France, this is a story about literary deceptions, family secrets, and a thrilling quest for the truth

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DUborah LUvy-Bertheratalives in Paris, where she teaches comparative literature at the cole Normale SupUrieure. She has translated Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time and Gogol's Petersburg Tales into French.aThe Travels of Daniel Ascherais her first novel. a Adriana Hunter studied French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated more than fifty books including ElUctrico W by HervU Le Tellier (winner of the French-American Foundation's 2013 Translation Prize in Fiction). She won the 2011 Scott Moncrieff Prize and has been short-listed twice for the Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize. She lives in Norfolk, England.


"Haunting...the narrative reads like a mash-up of Sarah's Key and The Book Thief, and it adroitly straddles the line between adult and YA literature. A piercing meditation on memory and history." --Publishers Weekly "[D borah] L vy-Bertherat has written an engaging yet ultimately melancholy and moving novel about a search for meaning with its roots buried in WWII France. A slender story but a satisfying one." --Booklist "[D borah] L vy-Bertherat's debut novel is a story about storytelling--both historical and personal...The best moments in L vy-Bertherat's short novel involve people falling into stories...The writing is lovely." --Kirkus Reviews "All fiction readers will love [The Travels of Daniel Ascher]." --Library Journal "[A] tightly layered debut novel...With an emphasis on our simultaneous needs to disguise our suffering and tell our stories, L vy-Bertherat highlights a most human conundrum in a mystery whose resolution will fill readers with sorrow and hope." --Shelf Awareness "The Travels of Daniel Ascher is about the power of stories, particularly the ones we tell about ourselves. Within its svelte form, the novel packs in a love story (several actually), a family story, a war story, a mystery, a travelogue, and even a convincingly imagined children's adventure series. All these strands weave together beautifully in this deftly plotted and deeply moving novel." --Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Fabled Life of A.J. Fikry "A startling, beautifully written novel that starts as a stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens and ends in a plunge into the dark, mysterious world of wartime Paris. A real thriller." --Anka Muhlstein, author of Monsieur Proust's Library "Bewitching, charming." --Elle (France) "D borah L vy-Bertherat has a bright literary future." --Lire "A novel rich in reflections on identity, memory, and the power of fiction." --Le Figaro "A novel one reads in one sitting that brings us back to the time when traveling meant opening a book." --Le Libraire (Quebec)

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