"When you are French, you do not leave France. When you are a girl, you stay home. But, from early childhood, Cecile Dargnies plots her escape, beyond French borders and beyond French prejudices. First, she goes to America. In 1970, "times are ...
changing" and the youth movement is in full swing. She has no money, no support, only a daring mix of voluntarism and fatalism. More than once, she will have to go back to France. But, relentlessly, she will persist and escape anew. From 1970 to 1980, she will successively go to the USA, to England and finally to Greece. She arrives in Athens in 1974 at the onset of the restored democracy. In 1980, suddenly, inflation bursts in Greece. To survive, Cecile has to leave Athens and the life she cherishes. Her knowledge of the Greek language will save her: the European Union needs that talent because Greece has become its tenth member. She will become a European civil servant. But the memories of ten years of trial and freedom cannot die. Forty years on, Out of France, chronicle of an escape resurrects that decade of 1970-1980 when, for that French girl, America was a dream, Greece a myth and the world, a bounty."
Number of pages: 404
Date of publication: 01/07/2009
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