Violette Nozière: A Story of Murder in 1930s Paris

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University of California Press, 31 mai 2011 - 352 pages
On an August evening in 1933, in a quiet, working-class neighborhood in Paris, eighteen-year-old Violette Nozière gave her mother and father glasses of barbiturate-laced "medication," which she told them had been prescribed by the family doctor; one of her parents died, the other barely survived. Almost immediately Violette’s act of "double parricide" became the most sensational private crime of the French interwar era—discussed and debated so passionately that it was compared to the Dreyfus Affair. Why would the beloved only child of respectable parents do such a thing? To understand the motives behind this crime and the reasons for its extraordinary impact, Sarah Maza delves into the abundant case records, re-creating the daily existence of Parisians whose lives were touched by the affair. This compulsively readable book brilliantly evokes the texture of life in 1930s Paris. It also makes an important argument about French society and culture while proposing new understandings of crime and social class in the years before World War II.
 

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In her meticulously researched book, Maza lays out the history not of a mere crime but more thoroughly, a society undergoing profound social change. What happens to justice when the foundations upon ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Violette Noziere was a young woman who poisoned her parents. Her father died; her mother lived. After she was apprehended (and perhaps before, though this is in dispute) she accused her father of ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

INTRODUCTION
1
A NEIGHBORHOOD IN PARIS
5
INTERWAR GIRLHOODS
28
VIOLETTES FAMILY ROMANCE
50
A CRIME IN LATE SUMMER
84
THE ACCUSATION
107
LETTERS TO THE JUDGE
140
A CULTURE OF CRIME
174
A WATER LILY ON A HEAP OF COAL
203
THE TRIAL
228
AFTERLIVES
258
CONCLUSION
279
NOTES
283
INDEX
323
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Sarah Maza is Jane Long Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Northwestern University. She is the author of many books including award winners Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Célèbres of Prerevolutionary France (UC Press) and The Myth of the French Bourgeoisie: An Essay on the Social Imaginary, 1750-1850.

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