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Tatiana de Rosnay

Author of Sarah's Key

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About the Author

Tatiana de Rosnay was born September 28th, 1961 near Paris. Her father is French scientist Joël de Rosnay, her grandfather was painter Gaëtan de Rosnay and her great-grandmother was Russian actress Natalia Rachewskïa, director of the Leningrad Pushkin Theatre from 1925 to 1949. Tatiana was show more raised in Paris and then in Boston. She moved to England in the early 80's and obtained a Bachelor's degree in English literature at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich. When she returned to Paris, Tatiana became press attaché for Christie's and then Paris Editor for Vanity Fair magazine till 1993. Since 1992, Tatiana has published eight novels in France. Sarah's Key, her first novel written in English, sold over 400,000 copies worldwide. Her novels also include A Secret Kept and The House I loved. Tatiana works as a journalist for French ELLE and is literary critic for Psychologies Magazine and the Journal du Dimanche. In 2014 her title, The Other Story, made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Tatiana de Rosnay le 29 avril 2019 lors de l'émission littéraire 'La grande librairie' à l'occasion de la parution de son ouvrage 'Les fleurs de l'ombre'

Works by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah's Key (2006) 11,189 copies, 656 reviews
A Secret Kept (2009) 1,750 copies, 82 reviews
The House I Loved (2011) 863 copies, 46 reviews
The Other Story (2013) 437 copies, 46 reviews
The Rain Watcher (2018) 345 copies, 45 reviews
Kwetsbaar (2006) 180 copies, 8 reviews
Het appartement (2000) 150 copies, 14 reviews
A Paris Affair (2014) 147 copies, 8 reviews
Flowers of Darkness (2020) 105 copies, 14 reviews
Spirales (2004) 63 copies, 2 reviews
La Mémoire des murs (2003) 41 copies, 3 reviews
Le Coeur d'une autre (2011) 33 copies
Dit leven is van jou (2021) 22 copies, 1 review
Morgen zal het beter gaan (2022) 10 copies, 1 review

Associated Works

Sarah's Key [2010 film] (2011) — Original book — 80 copies, 6 reviews

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Canonical name
Rosnay, Tatiana de
Legal name
Rosnay, Tatiana de
Birthdate
1961-09-28
Gender
female
Nationality
France
UK
Birthplace
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Places of residence
Paris, France
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Education
University of East Anglia
Occupations
journalist
writer
Relationships
Rosnay, Joël de (Father)
Rosnay, Gaëtan de (grandfather)
Thomas, Hugh (uncle)
Organizations
Vanity Fair
Elle
Psychologies
Le Journal du Dimanche
Short biography
Tatiana de Rosnay was born on September 28th, 1961 in the suburbs of Paris, of English, French and Russian descent. Her father is French scientist Joël de Rosnay, her mother is Stella Jebb. Tatiana was raised in Paris and then in Boston, when her father taught at MIT in the 70's. She moved to England in the early 80's and obtained a Bachelor's degree in English literature at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich.

Returning to Paris in 1984, Tatiana became press attaché for Christie's and then Paris Editor for Vanity Fair magazine till 1993. Since 1992, Tatiana has published ten novels in France (published at Fayard, Plon and EHO).

She lives with her husband and two children in Paris.

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When traumatic memories about a disturbing event from a childhood summer holiday cause his sister Melanie to suffer a debilitating car accident, Antoine befriends a street-wise mortician, Angele, who helps him to manage painful family truths.

I liked the idea of Antoine and Melanie trying to dig up the secret behind their mother’s early death from an aneurism. But there was a bit too much family drama throughout the story. Also Antoine’s relationship with beautiful Angele seemed too good to be true. Overall, I had mixed feelings about this story.… (more)
 
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gaylebutz | 81 other reviews | Jul 12, 2024 |
Sarah's Key is a magnificent, poignant, and emotionally gripping novel. It was difficult at times, to be sure. In the beginning, I wondered whether I was "up for" the emotional ride that was clearly ahead of me; the story of the Vél' d'Hiv' roundups of Jews in Paris in 1942 is heartbreaking and unimaginable. But I am so glad that I decided to see it through. Sarah's story brought tears to my eyes, and broke my heart. Even as things turned decidedly grim for her, I continued to root her on, hoping against hope that she would triumph in the end.

In the first half of the book (roughly), I was struck by the way the author wove Sarah's and Julia's stories together, overlapping and giving clues to what happened. As Sarah's story (in the past) slowly unfolded, Julia (in the present) came closer to knowing the truth. And it was also striking when Sarah's voice abruptly disappeared from the narrative, leaving me to wonder (along with Julia) how to put the pieces together and solve the mystery. It was a very effective technique, and one which I feel greatly enhanced the story.

I listened to the audio version, and added to the tremendous story was the beautiful narration by Polly Stone. She brought personality and life to all of the characters, no matter how small. However, it was the voices of Sarah and Julia that were truly amazing. A perfect choice for narrator, I must say.

I really enjoyed Sarah's Key, as difficult as it was. It was absorbing throughout, and came to a very satisfying (if bittersweet) conclusion. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys a gripping and emotional story, and who wants to learn more about the Vél' d'Hiv' roundups, and the "blackest time" in French history. This was wonderful historical fiction. I can see why this is such a popular selection for book clubs, as there is certainly much to discuss!
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kdegour23 | 655 other reviews | May 29, 2024 |
Em A Chave de Sarah, Tatiana de Rosnay escreve sobre o passado da França com uma clareza implacável e oferece um contundente retrato do país sob a ocupação nazista, revelando tabus e negações que circundam este doloroso período da História francesa. O livro traz à tona um dos episódios mais vergonhosos da história francesa: a prisão em massa de judeus parisienses no verão de 42, quando quase 13 mil pessoas foram capturadas pela polícia francesa no dia 16 de julho. Levados para o Vélodrome d'Hiver, uma antiga arena de ciclismo, próxima à Torre Eiffel, eles ficaram detidos por uma semana antes de serem enviados de trem para Auschwitz. A autora explica que para a França, especialmente para a geração nascida no início doas anos 60, a história de Vel d´Hiv não faz parte do currículo escolar: "Eu não sabia do que se tratava até o discurso de Jacques Chirac em 1995 - ele foi o primeiro presidente a admitir a responsabilidade da França neste evento, sem culpar os nazistas. Essa foi a primeira vez que eu ouvi o termo rafle du Vel d'Hiv. Eu pensei: tenho que escrever sobre isso, mas como? Eu não sou historiadora, eu não sou judia, eu não tenho nenhuma razão legítima para escrever sobre isso, exceto o fato de ser francesa." Em A Chave de Sarah, Julia Jarmond, uma jornalista americana que vive na França, é designada para cobrir as comemorações do 60º aniversário do Vel d'Hiv, episódio do qual ela nunca ouvira falar até então. Ao apurar os fatos ocorridos, a repórter constata que o apartamento para o qual ela e o marido planejam se mudar pertenceu aos Starzynski, uma família judia imigrante que fora desapossada pelo governo francês da ocupação, e em seguida comprado pelos avós de Bertrand. Julia decide então descobrir o destino dos ocupantes anteriores - e a história de Sarah, a única sobrevivente dos Starzynski, é revelada. A família de Sarah foi uma das muitas brutalmente arrancadas de casa pela polícia do governo colaboracionista francês. Michel, irmão mais novo da garota, se esconde em um armário, e Sarah o tranca lá dentro. Ela fica com a chave, acreditando que em poucas horas estará de volta. A Chave de Sarah retrata a sofrida jornada da menina em busca de sua liberdade: dos terríveis dias em campos de concentração aos momentos de tensão na clandestinidade, e, por fim, seu paradeiro após a guerra. E à medida que a trajetória de Sarah é revelada, mais segredos são desenterrados. Tatiana de Rosnay acredita que nos últimos anos, especialmente depois das comemorações do 60º aniversário da liberação dos campos, os franceses ficaram saturados dos assuntos relacionados à ocupação nazista: "Eu percebi isso durante a turnê de lançamento do livro. As pessoas o pegavam, liam Auschwitz na capa e diziam: ‘Oh, Deus'. Então eu explicava que o livro não era sobre Auschwitz, e sim sobre um episódio organizado pela polícia francesa que aconteceu em Paris há 65 anos - e a maioria de nós não sabe nada a respeito. Então eles comentavam: ‘A concentração do Vel' d'Hiv? Nós sabemos sobre isso sim'. E eu perguntava: ‘Quem organizou isso?'. ‘Os alemães', eles respondiam. ‘Quantas pessoas foram presas?' ‘Duas mil', elas diziam. ‘Não! Foram 13 mil, das quais 4 mil eram crianças'." Nono romance da autora francesa, e seu primeiro livro escrito em inglês, A Chave de Sarah já teve seus direitos vendidos para 22 países, incluindo Estados Unidos, Inglaterra, Alemanha, Espanha e Itália - na França, o romance está nas principais listas de mais vendidos. Os direitos para a história ser filmada também já foram vendidos para um produtor francês.… (more)
 
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qualqueroutrolivro | 655 other reviews | May 19, 2024 |
I came to this book late, somehow having heard nothing about it until a friend recommended it, and was blown away by the power of the girl's story.
 
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Abcdarian | 655 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |

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