Book of My Mother

Book of My Mother (French: Le Livre de ma mère) is a 1954 memoir by the Swiss writer Albert Cohen. It focuses on the life of Cohen's mother. It was published in English in 1997.

Book of My Mother
1978 French edition (publ. Editions folio)
AuthorAlbert Cohen
Original titleLe Livre de ma mère
Cover artistMary Cassatt
PublisherÉditions Gallimard
Publication date
Published in English


The book was reviewed in Publishers Weekly in 1998: "In this intensely public forum, Cohen seems to be coming to grips with his mother's death through all the typical stages of mourning--numbness, denial, anger, guilt--with pen in hand. Although this process is not without its bouts of melodrama ('O Maman, my youth that is no more!'), other outbursts powerfully reflect a disgust with mortality and a baffled sense of abandonment. ... This is a heartbreaking little volume, worth reading twice."[1]

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  1. ^ Staff writer (1998-02-11). "Nonfiction Review: The Book of My Mother by Albert Cohen". Retrieved 2012-02-14.