- André Schwarz-Bart
André Schwarz-Bart (
May 28, 1928, Metz, France- September 30, 2006, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe) was a French novelist of Polish-Jewish origins.
Schwarz-Bart was author of what is regardedFact|date=February 2007 as one of the greatest literary works of the post-
World War IIperiod, " The Last of the Just" (originally published as "Le Dernier des justes"). The book, which traces the story of a Jewish family from the time of the Crusadesto the gates of Auschwitz, earned Schwarz-Bart the Prix Goncourtin 1959. He won the Jerusalem Prizein 1967.
Schwarz-Bart's parents moved to France in 1924, a few years before he was born. In 1941, they were deported to Auschwitz. Soon after, Schwarz-Bart, still a young teen, joined the Resistance, despite the fact that his first language was
Yiddish, and he could barely speak French. It was his experiences as a Jew during the war that later prompted him to write his major work, chronicling Jewish history through the eyes of a wounded survivor.
Schwarz-Bart died of a complications after
heart surgeryin 2006. He had spent his final years in Guadeloupe, with his wife, the novelist Simone Schwarz-Bart, whose parents were natives of the island. The two co-wrote the book "Pork and Green Bananas" (1967). It is also suggested that his wife collaborated with him on "A Woman Named Solitude". [Hunter (2002)]
Jacques Schwarz-Bart, is a noted jazzsaxophonist. [http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Schwarz.html]
* "The Last of the Just" (1959)
* "Pork and Green Bananas" (1967)
* "A Woman Named Solitude" (1972)
* "In Praise of Black Women" (2001)
* [http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Schwarz.html Hunter, Michelle (2000) "Simone Schwarz-Bart"]
* [http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/02/arts/CB_A-E_BKS_Guadeloupe_Obit_Schwarz_Bart.php Obituary in the "International Herald Tribune"]
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