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us: Sarrazin, Albertine


  • [Born in Algiers, Algeria, she was abandoned, put in the care of the social services, christened Albertine Damien, then adopted by a family that moved her to Aix-en-Provence. Despite abuse in the family and quarrels, she did well in her studies. But the family sent her to a reformatory school in Marseille from which she escaped to Paris, where she satisfied her thirst for literature and art while dabbling in prostitution. In 1953 a hold-up sent her to Fresnes Prison. In escaping she met Julien Sarrazin, they married and continued to live lives of crime. In and out of jail they kept in contact through letters. In prison, Sarrazin wrote her first novels, L'Astragale and La Cavale, published after her release in 1964. Their success allowed the couple to settle in Montpellier where she wrote her third story, La Traversière. She died soon afterwards from kidney surgery complications.]

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    • found: Her L'astragale, 1965.
    • found: Astragale, c1967: t.p. (Albertine Sarrazin) jkt. (b. 1937 in Algiers; d. July, 1967)
    • found: Astragal, 2013 : CIP data view (translation of L'astragale)
    • found: Wikipedia 2013-02-26: "(Albertine Sarrazin (17 September 1937-10 July 1967) was a French author most famous for her semi-autobiographical novel L'Astragale.")
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    • PQ2679.A7
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    • [Born in Algiers, Algeria, she was abandoned, put in the care of the social services, christened Albertine Damien, then adopted by a family that moved her to Aix-en-Provence. Despite abuse in the family and quarrels, she did well in her studies. But the family sent her to a reformatory school in Marseille from which she escaped to Paris, where she satisfied her thirst for literature and art while dabbling in prostitution. In 1953 a hold-up sent her to Fresnes Prison. In escaping she met Julien Sarrazin, they married and continued to live lives of crime. In and out of jail they kept in contact through letters. In prison, Sarrazin wrote her first novels, L'Astragale and La Cavale, published after her release in 1964. Their success allowed the couple to settle in Montpellier where she wrote her third story, La Traversière. She died soon afterwards from kidney surgery complications.]
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