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Table of Contents

Prologue; The Nahum Family; Adolescence; The First World War; Move to Paris, marriage & Birth of a Son; Frenchification: First Phase (1921-1931); Rueil & the Death of Luna; A New Life (1931-1939); The 1939 to 1945 War; After the War (1945-1960); The Nineteen-Sixties; The Nineteen-Seventies; The Last Years; Epilogue.

About the Author

Edgar Morin is Emeritus Director at the CNRS (French National Research Center), and one of France's leading intellectuals. He has written on a variety of subjects, reviewed and received to great acclaim, ranging from Cinema to History, Politics to Science and Education. His central effort is to develop a 'method', an approach to inquiry that will do justice to the complexity of the world and of human beings.


"Edgar Morin, a renowned French intellectual, has written a testament to his father, a biography of a very complex and interesting person, and much more. Vidal Nahum's life spanned most of the twentieth century and this book includes many excerpts from his own memoir, interwoven appropriately, and italicized so that the reader can easily distinguish his voice from that of his son. . . . Vidal Nahum was born in 1894, the youngest son of a large, well-established Sephardic family from Salonica. The book describes a many-branched family and the intertwining lives of a very big clan whose members wandered throughout the Middle East, Europe, and beyond, in search of livelihood, peace, and a place to grow roots. In that sense, the book is not only about Morin's father and his extended family, but about Sephardic Jewry and its almost-millennium-long history, dating back to prior to the expulsion from Spain all the way to the present. . . . The book is well written. It is truly a saga worth reading for the light it sheds on a subject not often described in readable, compelling publications. It is recommended for libraries with extensive Jewish history collections, including specifically Sephardic history." --Michlean Amir, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

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