Momo of Les Halles
Original title: Momo des Halles
“The result is splendid. We tremble with Maurice. We hope with him. Oh! He is strong, this Momo of Les Halles!” – Le Parisien
“The story is very strong. Momo has moved me a lot” – Eliette Abecassis
“Momo of Les Halles deserves to be counted among the best novels of the year.” – Avvenire
“Read in one night!” – Alexandre Jardin
Inspired by real facts, this novel recounts the extraordinary destiny of a young Jewish boy, left to himself in occupied Paris. A debut novel which is a great accessible read.
One morning in 1941, the young Maurice and his sister Marie are taken to a maid’s room by their father’s boss in the Les Halles district in Paris. Their parents have been raided. They are ordered not to leave and never to say they are Jewish.
Adrift in occupied Paris, they will only be able to rely on Bulle, their prostitute neighbor, and the resourcefulness of “Momo”. On Les Halles square, the latter begins to give a helping hand in exchange for some food, then becomes an improvised fishmonger, vending illegally, and ends up starting a thriving home catering business. In a just a few months, Momo becomes a figure of Les Halles, until he too is arrested and deported to the Drancy internment camp.
- Prize winner of Chambery First Novel Festival 2015
- English sample available
- Depending on the publisher and the quality of the translation, translations from the French can be funded by the Centre national du livre in Paris.