Holocaust memoir to Faber

Holocaust memoir to Faber

Faber has acquired a Holocaust memoir originally published in France.

Hannah Griffiths bought UK and Commonwealth rights to But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens with Judith Perrignon from Amy Hundley at Grove Atlantic. The text will be translated from the French by Sandra Smith.

But You Did Not Come Back is a memoir about Loridan-Ivens's internment at Birkenau at the age of 15, and the loss of her father, who was sent to Auschwitz.

In France the book reached number three on the bestseller list and has now been sold in 17 countries.

Griffiths said: “From the opening paragraph of this short, devastating book, it is impossible not to respond to the author's anger and pain as she describes the horrors of life in the camp. By writing this memoir in the form of a letter to the father she lost aged 15, she brings an unusual intimacy and directness to the subject of the Holocaust."

Loridan-Ivens was born in 1928 and has worked as an actress, a screenwriter, and a director. Now 87, she lives in Paris.

Smith has been awarded the French-American Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize and the PEN Translation Prize.

Faber will publish in January 2016 to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day.