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ISBN: 0520272722
Author: Sarah Maza
Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (May 31, 2011)
Pages: 352
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.8
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This compulsively readable book brilliantly evokes the texture of life in 1930s Paris. It also makes an important argument about French society and culture while proposing new understandings of crime and social class in the years before World War II. Excerpt

This compulsively readable book brilliantly evokes the texture of life in 1930s Paris. Excerpt. If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.

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A bold and imaginative story, Violette Nozière opens an unexpected and revealing window onto interwar Parisian life. Colin Jones, author of Paris: Biography of a City Sarah Maza's absorbing new book on Violette Nozière-flapper, fantasist, and perpetrator of one of the most sordid and sensational French homicides of the 1930s-is a scholarly 'true crime' tale of the most intelligent sort.

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Violette Noziere was a young woman who poisoned her parents

Violette Noziere was a young woman who poisoned her parents. Her father died; her mother lived. After she was apprehended (and perhaps before, though this is in dispute) she accused her father of incest. The story is fascinating in itself, but to Maza it is emblematic of interwar changes in Paris in social stratification, mores, art, fashion and politics and the rise of interest in noir, detective stories and fait divers. Excellent read as true crime and social history of 1930's Paris. jwrudn, August 4, 2011. Product Identifiers. Publishers Weekly, "The story itself is so fascinating that general readers interested in crime and mystery will be enthralled. "A true-life detective tale set not amid the glamour and romance of a well-touristed Paris but in a secret city that runs thick with the lives of the forgotten and the abandoned. " excellent new biography.

A bold and imaginative story, Violette Noziere opens an unexpected and revealing window onto interwar Parisian . This compulsively readable book brilliantly evokes the texture of life in 1930s Paris.

A bold and imaginative story, Violette Noziere opens an unexpected and revealing window onto interwar Parisian life. - Colin Jones, author of "Paris: Biography of a City" "Sarah Maza's absorbing new book on Violette Noziere-flapper, fantasist, and perpetrator of one of the most sordid and sensational French homicides of the 1930s-is a scholarly 'true crime' tale of the most intelligent sort. Specifications.

Join free & follow New Books in History. On August 21, 1933, the teenaged Violette Noziere attempted to kill both her parents. Sarah Maza, Violette Noziere: A Story of Murder in 1930s Paris (U. of California Press, 2012). by New Books in History. At first, seemingly so clearcut, the case ultimately came to be characterized by a & ambiguity& that unsettled Paris for years. More from New Books in History.

Violette Noziere: A Story of Murder in 1930s Paris. This compulsively readable book brilliantly evokes the texture of life in 1930s Paris

Violette Noziere: A Story of Murder in 1930s Paris. On an August evening in 1933, in a quiet, working-class neighborhood in Paris, eighteen-year-old Violette Nozière gave her mother and father glasses of barbiturate-laced "medication," which she told them had been prescribed by the family doctor; one of her parents died, the other barely survived. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

The Murder That Transfixed 1930s Paris. The allegation of sexual abuse brought the young woman no sympathy. Indeed, as Sarah Maza shows in her excellent new book, Violette Nozière: A Story of Murder in 1930s Paris, it only fanned the flames of public outrage against her. By JUDITH WARNERJUNE 3, 2011. Continue reading the main story. Odious Accusations, An Abominable Lie, the Paris dailies railed as they raced to thrill readers with the shiver-inducing details of a crime that would soon become the great cause célèbre of the interwar era.

On an August evening in 1933, in a quiet, working-class neighborhood in Paris, eighteen-year-old Violette Nozière gave her mother and father glasses of barbiturate-laced “medication,” which she told them had been prescribed by the family doctor; one of her parents died, the other barely survived. Almost immediately Violette’s act of “double parricide” became the most sensational private crime of the French interwar era―discussed and debated so passionately that it was compared to the Dreyfus Affair. Why would the beloved only child of respectable parents do such a thing? To understand the motives behind this crime and the reasons for its extraordinary impact, Sarah Maza delves into the abundant case records, re-creating the daily existence of Parisians whose lives were touched by the affair. This compulsively readable book brilliantly evokes the texture of life in 1930s Paris. It also makes an important argument about French society and culture while proposing new understandings of crime and social class in the years before World War II.

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Ytli
An absolutely wonderful book. The grisly murder story atmosphere is made less trashy by academic discussion of French culture (especially crime magazine culture) of the 1930s, and the academic discussion is made interesting by the grisly murder story atmosphere. The author has a nice journalistic style, too.

Violette Noziere led a sexy life, then at eighteen poisoned both her parents. She said her father had been sleeping with her for years. The author says we can't tell if that's true or not, but her behavior was consistent with having been sexually abused from the age of twelve: her school performance fell off and she began leading a wild life. Either way the case fascinated the press and got reams of coverage.

Upwardly mobile turns out to be not so romantic. The family scrimped and saved so that their daughter could lead a better life than theirs, perhaps even become a secretary instead of a housewife! Some of the press thought it was dreadful she could prefer having fun to working toward a good job like that. Others thought that even without the incest, the family pressure on her was near unbearable. As almost always in such cases, what Violette herself thought barely made the papers.

Other critics onsite have suggested the author is "left leaning" and "ultra-feminist." Nonsense. She averages an endnote per paragraph and stays strictly objective about both Fascist and Communist press coverage. She reveals amazingly interesting things about French culture of the time. For example, it had long been legal to be gay, but gays were nevertheless stereotyped and pilloried in the popular press -- which could talk more freely about their prejudices precisely because being gay was legal. Another example: half a dozen women were guillotined in the early 1940s, most of them for providing illegal abortions.

Highly recommended in spite of the Kindle price.
Moswyn
Violette Noziere, a young woman of eighteen, who was living with her parents in a two-room apartment in Paris, decided to poison her parents by giving them barbiturates to drink. Her father died; her mother survived. The motive? Well, this was the big and controversial point during her trial.
All this happened in 1933 in France and from that point on, she had become the most famous and infamous woman in her country and, as Prof. Maza writes,"certainly the most hated". Only the Dreyfus affair could compete with this judicial case, and which was responsible for drawing the French to read and discuss this double intended parricide in newspapers, magazines,or letters and essays. The obsession with this case has only diminished during the seventies of the previous century.
France of the 1920s and 1930s was characterized by many strikes, rallies of the right, paramilitary organizations and other less important events. For the French, the Noziere crime became what they called "an affair", a scandal which divided the public because of its complexity. Class divisions were eroding, the role of women was changing and Prof. Maza successfully recreates the atmosphere of those days not only on the political level, but also in
the sphere of the individual. Violette's crime and her trial captivated the attention of the French more than political or other social matters, precisely because this case had many elements which touched the lives of the masses. The case raised questions about those families that migrated to the city from the French countryside. It also raised the nature of life in modest families with one child and it showed clearly that the divisions between the classes were slowly disappearing.
I will not reveal too many details in order not to spoil the pleasure of reading this fascinating and engrossing book, which is superbly researched and detailed. This case was a Greek tragedy and the author has done an extraordinary job in explaining the psychological background and motives behind the crime. In fact, the Noziere case serves as the leading motif of a larger subject, namely :the sociological and artistic elements which dominated the French scene during those times. The case attracted the attention of avant-garde artists, Dadaists and Surrealists, writers, journalists, lawyers, politicians, psychhologists and sociologists, sexologists and historians.
This book is written in a complex and sophisticaed way, crammed with innumerable examples and explanations about the fascination the French had with hideous crimes and reads like a thriller. It is a legal and social history which will linger in your memory for many years to come. After all, only Prof. Maza's readers and perhaps some specialists will have the pleasure to enjoy this wonderful book of interwar Paris.
Rit
A story that made headlines for years in the salacious papers of the time, was turned into a magnificent novel. That in itself is genial.
Step back for the murder itself and appreciate the historical period, the "intra-war" time in Paris and la province . This is really the essence of this book.
If history is not your thing, well the Noziere case is still a pretty fascinating read.Violette was light years ahead of her time and suffocated under her parents "conventionalism" and pretense.

A great book.
HelloBoB:D
This was an isolated incident, sensational at the time, but the author took the opportunity to explore the societal conditions of post-WWI preWWII France, which kept my interest. The saga of Violette Noziere was sad and misunderstood at the time, and shows the confusing mix of bad home life and the bad judgement of an adolescent.
Bradeya
I purchased this book because crime is,(especially murder), usually fascinating to the law abiding and, not knowing much of this period of French history, was curious to understand a foreign culture. The story of Violette Noziere is not book worthy and a written article would have easily sufficed. The author fills the book with her own prejudices and opinions (obviously left-leaning and ultra-feminist) and it crowds out the crime and the following arrest and trial to try to steer you into the author's conclusion. Even if you would agree with her on every point you would find this a boring, overblown book about a selfish, lying, conniving, and spoiled brat who doesn't merit a second thought and today would be reduced to a 4 paragraph article in the local newspaper.

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