A Childhood Adrift

In the 1930s, René Goldman grows up entranced with theatre, music, languages and geography. Enveloped by his parents’ love and protection, he wanders the streets and alleys of Luxembourg and Brussels, carefree and prone to mischief. Yet as he starts hearing adults speak the words “deportation” and “resettlement,” René is forced to grapple with a strange, new reality. In 1942, when his family flees to France, eight-year-old René is separated from his parents and shunted between children’s homes and convents, where he must hide both his identity and his mounting anxiety. As René waits and waits for his parents to return, even liberation day does not feel like freedom. An eloquent personal narrative detailed with historical research and intuitive observations, A Childhood Adrift explores identity, closure, disillusionment and the anguish of silenced emotions.

En bref
Luxembourg; Belgique; France
Régime de Vichy
Enfant en clandestinité
Fausse identité
Pologne d’après-guerre; Chine
Vie en pays communiste
Immigration aux États-Unis en 1960, puis au Canada en 1963
Matériel pédagogique disponible: Hidden Children

328 pages

Tranche d'âge recommandée
16+
Langue
Anglais

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À propos de l'auteur

René Goldman est né en 1934 au Luxembourg. Après la guerre, il a vécu dans des maisons d’enfants en région parisienne, avant de partir étudier en Pologne. En 1953, René s’est installé à Pékin afin d’y apprendre la langue, la littérature et l’histoire chinoises. Il a obtenu son diplôme de l’Université Columbia puis est devenu professeur à l’Université de Colombie-Britannique où il a enseigné l’histoire de la Chine. René vit à Summerland, en Colombie-Britannique.

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