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Christine Arnothy (1930–2015)

Autor(a) de I Am Fifteen--and I Don't Want To Die

55 Works 763 Membros 9 Reviews

About the Author

Image credit: L'écrivaine Christine Arnothy à Deauville, septembre 1989.

Obras de Christine Arnothy

I Am Fifteen--and I Don't Want To Die (1956) 397 cópias, 6 resenhas
Vent africain (1989) 27 cópias, 1 resenha
J'aime la vie (1976) 18 cópias
Toutes les chances plus une (1980) 17 cópias
Le jardin noir (1966) 17 cópias
Voyage de noces (1994) 16 cópias
Kardinaal in gevangenschap (1962) 13 cópias
Complot de femmes (2000) 12 cópias
Les trouble-fête (1986) 11 cópias
Chiche (1970) 11 cópias
Un Paradis sur mesure (1983) 9 cópias
Un type merveilleux (1972) 9 cópias
Aller-retour, tous frais payés (2003) 9 cópias, 1 resenha
Une rentrée littéraire (2004) 9 cópias
La Saison des Américains (1964) 8 cópias
Malins plaisirs (1999) 8 cópias
Shalom, Aviva! (1968) 8 cópias
Embrasser la vie (2001) 8 cópias
Une Question de chance (1995) 8 cópias
L'Ami de la famille (1984) 8 cópias
Une affaire d'héritage (1991) 7 cópias
Désert brûlant (1992) 7 cópias
Women of Japan (1959) 7 cópias
Piste africaine (1900) 7 cópias
Relations inquiétantes (2005) 5 cópias
Dieu est en retard (1955) 4 cópias
Jouer à l'été (1982) 3 cópias
Jeux de mémoire (1981) 3 cópias
Les Années cannibales (2008) 3 cópias, 1 resenha
L'Homme aux yeux de diamant (2006) 3 cópias
The Charlatan 3 cópias
Le cavaier mongol (1976) 2 cópias
Une valse à Vienne (2009) 2 cópias
Donnant donnant (2008) 2 cópias
Utak a Boldogsaghoz (1990) 2 cópias
Afrikai szél Regény (1990) 1 exemplar(es)
Dios se ha atrasado 1 exemplar(es)
Le Jardin noir, roman 1 exemplar(es)
Clodomir free: le grand complot (1975) 1 exemplar(es)
Der gefangene Kardinal 1 exemplar(es)
Passaporto per l'Europa 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Arnothy, Christine
Nome de batismo
Kovach de Szendrö, Christine
Outros nomes
Dickinson, William (Pseudonyme)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Hungary (birth)
País (para mapa)
Local de nascimento
Budapest, Hungary
Locais de residência
Budapest, Hungary
Bellanger, Claude (Père)
Mitterrand, François (Proche)
Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur
Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres
Croix d'or de l'Ordre du Mérite hongrois, Hongrie
Pequena biografia
Christine Arnothy was the pen name of Irène Kovach de Szendrö, born in Budapest to a Hungarian father and an Austrian mother who taught her French as her first language. The family survived World War II, including the siege of Budapest in 1945, and fled the city on foot afterwards, landing in the Kufstein refugee camp in Austria. The only thing Christine took with her was the daily diary of her experiences during the war years, written by candlelight, which became the basis of her most famous book, J'ai quinze ans et je ne veux pas mourir (I Am Fifteen and I Don't Want to Die). She studied at a French-speaking school in Austria and between 1950 and 1953, published several novels in Hungarian under the pseudonym Kriszta Arnóthy. She then moved to France, where she continued her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. Her book J'ai quinze ans won the Grand prix Verité in 1954.

Her next novels, Dieu est en retard (God Is Late, 1955) and Il n'est pas si facile de vivre (It's Not So Easy to Live, 1957), describe the travels of a stateless young woman without a passport. Other novels included Le Cavalier Mongol (1976), for which she received the Prix de la nouvelle from the Académie française. In 1964, she married Claude Bellanger, founder and publisher of the newspaper Le Parisien Libéré, with whom she had two sons.

She also published three detective novels under the pseudonym William Dickinson, as well as writing for theater, radio, and television..



[This is a review I wrote in 2009]

** Read this and be moved by the plight of a young innocent girl trapped in the midst of the horrors of war. **

How could anyone read this memoir and rate it at anything less than 5 stars? It is an achingly honest, heartfelt, no-holds-barred story of the author's own experiences in occupied Budapest during and after the Second World War, including the family's bid to escape first the city of Budapest, and later the country, to seek sanctuary in Austria. The atrocities that faced 15-year-old Christine in 1944 must have been horrendous to recall to memory and put down on paper. Christine's story, like Anne Frank's diary, is a Second World War account that should be read by all. Together with her parents and neighbours, in the cellars of their well-appointed apartment block, Christine is faced with relentless hunger, boredom, fear, death, sickness and terrible thirst. To venture upstairs into the apartments is to take one's life into one's own hands; to venture out onto the street, for water or for other commodities, is an indescribable risk. Over 40,000 civilians died in the battle that raged between the Germans and Russians in Budapest, from the end of 1944, and throughout much of 1945.

Christine's story doesn't end with the Second World War, but continues with the communist occupation, and the family's bid to escape to their humble cottage in the country, lying low to escape notice. Circumstances again become intolerable and the family make a bid for what they think will be their freedom in Austria, but which turns out to be a bleak refugee camp. Christine's story continues with yet another move to escape control and form a new life in another country, but this too will unsurprisingly be beset with difficulties as Christine faces prejudice and competition for work. Through it all this young girl is kept going by her ambition to write, her love and passion for writing, and her firm belief that she will one day succeed in this goal of hers to write successfully and to be read by many people.

Superbly written; each scene is brilliantly and vividly described, like a really good novel, without being in the least bit self-pitying. You can only emerge from the pages of this memoir full of admiration for the courage and self-determination for the young Christine and the many others of her generation who had the same horrors and the same tough future to face. An outstanding wartime survival story.
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ArdizzoneFan | outras 5 resenhas | Nov 12, 2020 |
Reading the back of this book I had expected something quite different. Perhaps because it is a first person, true narrative I should allow for this but still I found the writing poor and the story jumpy. I really found it hard to follow.
Smits | outras 5 resenhas | Nov 10, 2019 |
The story of an Hungarian teenager during the Soviet siege of Budapest from January-February 1945. Harrowing story of survival in war. Good personal account, easy to read.
kaki5231 | outras 5 resenhas | Sep 8, 2012 |



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