Isabelle Cousteaux

De la belle aube au triste soir

A French Family in Algeria, 1830 - 1962

From the Beautiful Dawn to the Sad Night

A French Family in Algeria, 1830 - 1962
May 6, 2021
Documentary
400 pages
175 × 247 mm
22 €
9782358876957
978-2-3588-7695-7

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																Isabelle Cousteaux, De la belle aube au triste soir
																Isabelle Cousteaux, De la belle aube au triste soir

There is no life that is not inextricably intertwined with our collective history. This book traces the history of a French family in Algeria over five generations, from the conquest of the country by France in 1830 to the return to metropolitan Algeria after independence in 1962. At the heart of this story, Léa and Georges Mauriès, a schoolteacher and farmer who are proponents of dialogue between communities, will see their lives turned upside down in 1957 when Georges is the victim of a political assassination.
For Léa, a woman with such a special personality, another story begins.

Through this investigation, Isabelle Cousteaux invites us to delve into the memories of these destinies shattered by history: interviews, extracts from correspondence, minutes, poetry and photographs. Great history and intimate lives mingle to give us the opportunity to discover the true story of a French drama.

The author

Isabelle Cousteaux was born in Eastern France and has lived in Toulouse for over 30 years. After studying art history and the medieval period, she became a journalist for a major regional daily newspaper and participated in the writing of various exhibition catalogues. She was later editor-in-chief of magazines specialising in travel, heritage and lifestyle, and then of various children’s magazines. De la belle aube au triste soir is the result of a work combining investigation, history, social and political issues and intimate and family matters.

Strong points

A book which is the fruit of many years of work and which combines the destiny of a family and the great History.

A work between narrative and historical document, as intimate and poignant as it is precise and documented.

A top-of-the-range manufacture with illustrations and cardboard cover.

The edition

30 illustrations, bound, hardback cover with wire edge.

May 6, 2021
Documentary
400 pages
175 × 247 mm
22 €
9782358876957
978-2-3588-7695-7

“Documents” collection