Amos Reichman studied humanities at the cole normale sup rieure de Lyon and Columbia University. His articles have appeared in Le Monde and Les temps modernes, among other publications. Robert O. Paxton is Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Columbia University. His books include Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order (Columbia, revised edition, 2001). Sandra Smith is the translator of Ir ne N mirovsky's Suite fran aise and Camus's The Stranger, among others. She has won the French-American Florence Gould Foundation Prize, the PEN Translation Prize, and the National Jewish Book Award.
Exile is often a state of alienation. Sometimes it can be an adventure, a successful negotiation between old and new worlds. Amos Reichman skillfully recounts one such miracle, providing--through the melancholic, inspired figure of Jacques Schiffrin--a transatlantic microhistory of publishing and literary production from the 1930s through the 1950s that is precise and informed, rich and, at times, funny.--Emmanuelle Loyer, Sciences-Po Paris Reichman's archival work brings a fresh perspective on a major yet little-known publisher and offers a sophisticated overview of the literary and cultural landscape in France before and during the Second World War.--Lise Jaillant, Loughborough University Jacques Schiffrin, exiled from his native Russia after the Revolution, created a great career as an innovative publisher in Paris but had to start all over again as a refugee in New York in the 1940s, aged almost 50. Bravo to Amos Reichman for writing the first biography of this attractive yet tragic figure, whose life embodies the shocks and displacements caused by the catastrophic history of the twentieth century.--Susan Rubin Suleiman, author of The N mirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France Despite fleeing first Tsarist Russia and then Nazi-occupied France, Jacques Schiffrin succeeded in being a major literary influence on two continents, establishing first the best edition of French classics and then a key publishing house in New York which would flourish still more under his son. It is splendid that we now at last have a lively and informative biography of this remarkable man.--Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Amos Reichman's Jacques Schiffrin is a sensitively written and deeply researched version of an important story. Reichman's account beautifully captures the pathos of exile.--Evan Brier, University of Minnesota Duluth