Elise ou la Vraie Vie by Claire Etcherelli is a French modern classic - winner of the 'Prix Femina' it was later adapted into a widely acclaimed film in 1970.
The novel is set in the late 1950s against a back drop of mounting social and political tension.
The story follows Elise a young girl struggling to adapt to life in Paris. The novel vividly portrays the hostility that her relationship with Arezki , an Arab, arouses and thereby offers great insights into this turbulent period in French history.
Includes the full French text, accompanied by French-English vocabulary. Notes and a detailed introduction in English put the work in its social and historical context.
The book is edited by John Roach, Lecturer in French Aberdeen University.
The book is reprinted in a new format as part of the Routledge Foreign Literature Classics series.