Immortelles by Mireille Marokvia

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In this magical story of her childhood in a world so different from our own, Mireille Marokvia blurs the distinction between the real and the imagined to create a moving account of how a young woman gives voice to her vision and an aging woman addresses the gentle ghosts that haunt her memories. Immortelles is an elegy to a lost world and a testimony to the splendor of childhood -- even a childhood touched by death.

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Author Mireille Marokvia was born in France in 1908. She attended the Sorbonne where she studied French, literature, and philology. She is best known for her two memoirs Immortelles: Memoir of a Will-O'-the Wisp (1996) and Sins of the Innocent (2006). The first memoir is about her childhood in a French village during and after World War I and the second one is about her wartime ordeals in Nazi Germany. She also wrote children's books including Jannot: A French Rabbit; Nanette: A French Goat; and Grococo: A French Cow. She died on October 19, 2008 at the age of 99.
Published September 10, 1996 by MacAdam/Cage. 300 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The narrative focuses quite a bit on death, and in a fascinating section, Marokvia describes the visitations of a ghostly child that only she sees--this girl eerily resembles a sturdy- looking schoolmate who has recently died from a heart ailment that the frailer Marokvia also suffered from but s...

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Marokvia clearly remembers seeing the dreaded will-o'-the-wisp, or feu follet, ""a little blue light dancing among the graves"" that ""was worse than seeing a ghost.'' She did see other ghosts, and she describes those fleeting episodes with a magical intensity.

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