Don't miss your opportunity to see Ivan Jablonka on tour at Amherst College on April 24.

Ivan Jablonka’s talk is adapted from his book "A History of the Grandparents I Never Had" (Stanford University Press, 2016). Ivan Jablonka is a professor of contemporary history at the Université Paris-XIII-Nord and a novelist. An award-winning writer, his essay, "History is a Contemporary Literature", will be published by Cornell University Press in the fall of 2017.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ivan Jablonka is a French historian and former student of Alain Corbin and Jean-Noël Luc. Now a Professor of contemporary history at the Université Paris-XIII-Nord and novelist, he is one of the editors-in-chief of La Vie des idées (Books and Ideas) and editorial director with Pierre Rosanvallon of the collection La République des Idées for the French publisher Le Seuil. His latest book, Laëtitia ou La fin des hommes (Seuil, 2016), was selected for the Renaudot and Goncourt Prizes. It received the 2016 Prix Médicis, the Prix Le Monde as well as the Prix des prix littéraires. His essay, L'Histoire est une littérature contemporaine published in France by Le Seuil in 2014, will be published by Cornell University Press in the fall of 2017.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A History of the Grandparents I Never Had  (Stanford University Press, 2016)

Ivan Jablonka's grandparents' lives ended long before his began: although Matès and Idesa Jablonka were his family, they were perfect strangers. When he set out to uncover their story, Jablonka had little to work with. Neither of them was the least bit famous, and they left little behind except their two orphaned children, a handful of letters, and a passport. Persecuted as communists in Poland, as refugees in France, and then as Jews under the Vichy regime, Matès and Idesa lived their short lives underground. They were overcome by the tragedies of the twentieth century: Stalinism, the mounting dangers in Europe during the 1930s, the Second World War, and the destruction of European Jews. 

Jablonka's challenge was, as a historian, to rigorously distance himself and yet, as family, to invest himself completely in their story. Imagined oppositions collapsed—between scholarly research and personal commitment, between established facts and the passion of the one recording them, between history and the art of storytelling. To write this book, Jablonka traveled to three continents; met the handful of survivors of his grandparents' era, their descendants, and some of his far-flung cousins; and investigated twenty different archives. And in the process, he reflected on his own family and his responsibilities to his father, the orphaned son, and to his own children and the family wounds they all inherited.

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Amherst College (Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry) Amherst, Massachusetts 01002

Ivan Jablonka at Amherst College!

When
April 24th at 5:30PM
Where
Amherst College (Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry)
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
Ivan Jablonka © Emmanuel

Don't miss your opportunity to see Ivan Jablonka on tour at Amherst College on April 24.

Ivan Jablonka’s talk is adapted from his book "A History of the Grandparents I Never Had" (Stanford University Press, 2016). Ivan Jablonka is a professor of contemporary history at the Université Paris-XIII-Nord and a novelist. An award-winning writer, his essay, "History is a Contemporary Literature", will be published by Cornell University Press in the fall of 2017.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ivan Jablonka is a French historian and former student of Alain Corbin and Jean-Noël Luc. Now a Professor of contemporary history at the Université Paris-XIII-Nord and novelist, he is one of the editors-in-chief of La Vie des idées (Books and Ideas) and editorial director with Pierre Rosanvallon of the collection La République des Idées for the French publisher Le Seuil. His latest book, Laëtitia ou La fin des hommes (Seuil, 2016), was selected for the Renaudot and Goncourt Prizes. It received the 2016 Prix Médicis, the Prix Le Monde as well as the Prix des prix littéraires. His essay, L'Histoire est une littérature contemporaine published in France by Le Seuil in 2014, will be published by Cornell University Press in the fall of 2017.

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

A History of the Grandparents I Never Had  (Stanford University Press, 2016)

Ivan Jablonka's grandparents' lives ended long before his began: although Matès and Idesa Jablonka were his family, they were perfect strangers. When he set out to uncover their story, Jablonka had little to work with. Neither of them was the least bit famous, and they left little behind except their two orphaned children, a handful of letters, and a passport. Persecuted as communists in Poland, as refugees in France, and then as Jews under the Vichy regime, Matès and Idesa lived their short lives underground. They were overcome by the tragedies of the twentieth century: Stalinism, the mounting dangers in Europe during the 1930s, the Second World War, and the destruction of European Jews. 

Jablonka's challenge was, as a historian, to rigorously distance himself and yet, as family, to invest himself completely in their story. Imagined oppositions collapsed—between scholarly research and personal commitment, between established facts and the passion of the one recording them, between history and the art of storytelling. To write this book, Jablonka traveled to three continents; met the handful of survivors of his grandparents' era, their descendants, and some of his far-flung cousins; and investigated twenty different archives. And in the process, he reflected on his own family and his responsibilities to his father, the orphaned son, and to his own children and the family wounds they all inherited.

Click here to learn more about the event.

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