Finding Dora Maar Brigitte Benkemoun, Jody Gladding

Paperback / softback
Publication date:
05 May 2020
Getty Publications
216 pages: 250 x 200 x 15mm


In search of a replacement for his lost Hermes agenda, Brigitte Benkemoun's husband bought a vintage diary on eBay. When it arrived, she opened it and found private notes dating back to 1952, including twenty pages of phone numbers and addresses for Jean Cocteau, Marc Chagall, Paul Eluard, Leonor Fini, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, and other artistic luminaries of postwar Europe. After realizing the provenance of the address book, Benkemoun embarked on a two-year voyage of discovery to learn more about the brilliant and enigmatic Maar and the role that each of these figures played in her life. Longlisted for the prestigious literary award Prix Renadout, Finding Dora Maar is a fascinating and breathtaking portrait of the artist. "Beautifully written and fascinating." - Paris Match "One of the happy surprises of the end of the literary season." - Livres Hebdo "A highly moving portrait of the artist."- Elle (France)

Brigitte Benkemoun is a journalist and writer. She is the author of 'La petite fille sur la photo' (2012) and 'Albert le magnifique' (2016). Jody Gladding is a poet and translator. She has translated some thirty books from French, including, most recently, Roland Barthes's 'Album: Unpublished Correspondence and Texts' (2018), Michel Pastoureau's 'Yellow: History of a Color' (2019), and Jean Giono's 'Occupation Journal' (2020).