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Michael Pye

Michael Pye’s thirteen books are translated into fifteen languages and one Hollywood movie. He has written novels about whores, killers and thieves, but also histories of the show business, the city of New York, the North Sea and most recently Antwerp: the Glory Years (Penguin/Allen Lane)
Returning from Silence
Michèle Sarde’s lively saga mingles creative writing with family memories. It evokes the prickly, centuries-long life of the Jews in Salonica, with their nostalgia for the Spain they left behind. With the breakup of the Ottoman empire, they feel impelled to emigrate once more, this time to Paris. Through the narrator and her mother, we get to know her family as genuine human figures, with fears, snobberies and dreams. Soon, though, they are thrown int...