Finding Dora Maar - An Artist, an Address Book, a Life Brigitte Benkemoun, Jody Gladding, Jody Gladding

Paperback / softback
Publication date:
30 Jun 2020
Getty Publications
216 pages: 8 x 5 x 15mm


Merging biography, memoir, and cultural history, this compelling book, a bestseller in France, traces the life of Dora Maar (1907-1997) through a serendipitous encounter with the artist's address book In search of a replacement for his lost Hermes agenda, Brigitte Benkemoun's husband buys a vintage diary on eBay. When it arrives, she opens it and finds inside private notes dating back to 1951-twenty pages of phone numbers and addresses for Balthus, Brassai, Andre Breton, Jean Cocteau, Paul Eluard, Leonor Fini, Jacqueline Lamba, and other artistic luminaries of the European avant-garde. After realizing that the address book belonged to Dora Maar-Picasso's famous "Weeping Woman" and a brilliant artist in her own right-Benkemoun embarks on a two-year voyage of discovery to learn more about this provocative, passionate, and enigmatic woman, and the role that each of these figures played in her life. Longlisted for the prestigious literary award Prix Renaudot, 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 She has translated some thirty books from French, including, most recently, Roland Barthes's 'Album: Unpublished Correspondence and Texts' (2018), Michel Pastoureau's 'Yellow: History of a Color' (2019), and Jean Giono's 'Occupation Journal' (2020).