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Book of My Mother

2012, Albert Cohen


Book of My Mother (French: Le Livre de ma mère) is a 1954 memoir by the Swiss writer Albert Cohen. It focuses on the life of Cohen's mother. It was published in English in 1997.

The book was reviewed in Publishers Weekly in 1998: "In this intensely public forum, Cohen seems to be coming to grips with his mother's death through all the typical stages of mourning--numbness, denial, anger, guilt--with pen in hand. Although this process is not without its bouts of melodrama ('O Maman, my youth that is no more!'), other outbursts powerfully reflect a disgust with mortality and a baffled sense of abandonment. ... This is a heartbreaking little volume, worth reading twice."