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Curriculum Violette Reviews

Curriculum Violette

Robert Crawford, Paul Malgrati

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1 review

Category: Poetry, Non-fiction, History
Imprint: Molecular Press
Publisher: Molecular Press
Publication date: 8 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9782970037699
4 stars out of 5
13 Feb 2021

"(a) supremely vivid evocation of the times and places of Violette’s brief life "

Crawford opens his book with an extended quotation from the philosopher David Hume in which he questions the idea of the self as a stable presence. Hume says that all he can see, when he considers himself, is a shifting set of perceptions; and the Violette Szabo conjured up in Crawford’s book is indeed a woman who shape-shifts remarkably through her life. Yet in focusing so closely, and with such sympathetic imagination, on the detail of what Szabo might have seen, heard and perceived at key moments in that life, Crawford nonetheless seems to capture the essence of a young life lived at frightening speed, and perhaps without the reflection that leads to hesitation in the face of danger.