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The Fall of Paris

by Ehrenburg, Ilya (translated from the Russian by Gerard Shelley)

3rd printing

Price: $40.00
from: ReadInk


  • Seller Inventory #: 23092
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj
  • Illustrator: (dj design) George Salter
  • Edition: 3rd printing
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1943
  • Keywords: World War II, France, Paris, Russian Literature

New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Very Good+ in Very Good dj. 1943. 3rd printing. Hardcover. [a good sound copy, a little shelfwear to bottom edge, dust-darkening to top of text block; jacket shows a bit of wear at extremities, tiny shallow chip at top of rear panel, very slight paper loss at base of spine]. Sprawling novel following "the varied fortunes of a gallery of men and women who form a cross-section of Parisian life" during the years from 1935 through the fall of Paris to the invading German army in May 1940. "The story ends with the debacle -- the collapse of the French army under the blows of the Wehrmacht, the flight of the Government from Paris to Bordeaux, and finally the formation of a new pro-fascist Government at Vichy." The Russian-born author, a journalist since World War I, had participated in the Bolshevik Revolution; he moved to France as a Soviet correspondence in 1921 and remained there until after it fell to the Germans. Originally published in Moscow in 1942, where it won the "Stalin Prize" for fiction; the American edition, with a beautiful dust jacket designed by George Salter, is surprisingly uncommon. .