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The Vanished Collection
03 Feb 2022 * HARDBACK * £20 * 9781803280905

A Parisian woman's quest to understand the fate of missing artworks from her great-grandparents' apartment.

Non Fiction / BM (Memoir)
Extent: 256 pages  Format: 216 x 135 mm
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The Vanished Collection: Stolen masterpieces, family secrets and one woman's quest for the truthby Pauline Baer de Perignon, translated by Natasha Lehrer

A charming and heartfelt story about war, art, and the lengths a woman will go to find the truth about her family.

'As devourable as a thriller... Incredibly moving' Elle
'Pauline Baer de Perignon is a natural storyteller – refreshingly honest, curious and open' Menachem Kaiser
'A terrific book' Le Point

It all started with a list of paintings. There, scribbled by a cousin she hadn't seen for years, were the names of the masters whose works once belonged to her great-grandfather, Jules Strauss: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Tiepolo and more. Pauline Baer de Perignon knew little to nothing about Strauss, or about his vanished, precious art collection.

But the list drove her on a frenzied trail of research in the archives of the Louvre and the Dresden museums, through Gestapo records, and to consult with Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano. What happened in 1942? And what became of the collection after Nazis seized her great-grandparents' elegant Parisian apartment?

The quest takes Pauline Baer de Perignon from the Occupation of France to the present day as she breaks the silence around the wrenching experiences her family never fully transmitted, and asks what art itself is capable of conveying over time.

Pauline Baer de Perignon has co-authored film scripts and directed writing workshops in Paris where she lives. The Vanished Collection is her first book.

A tale of family secrets and a lost fortune, as well as a serious coming to terms with the Nazi past.

MARKET: The Hare With Amber Eyes; Letters to Camondo; The Lost Cafe Schindler.

'Pauline Baer de Perignon is a natural storyteller – refreshingly honest, curious and open. Like the best memoirists, she manages to tell multiple stories simultaneously, to delicately layer meanings and narratives' Menachem Kaiser, author of Plunder

'A charmingly told account of a woman's quest to reconstruct her great-grandfather's art collection' Lynn H. Nicholas, author of The Rape of Europa

'Beautifully evokes a vanished world that once stood at the crossroads between the heights of civilization and the depths of barbarism before being overwhelmed by the latter' James Gardner, author of The Louvre

'A terrific book' Le Point

As devourable as a thriller... Incredibly moving' Elle

'Pauline Baer de Perignon transforms an unfortunately commonplace account of paintings stolen by the Nazis into a breathtaking novel of suspense' Le Figaro

'Grips ever tighter as the investigation proceeds' FRANCE Magazine

'Combines dogged detective work with family memoir' Apollo Magazine

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