Blanche en Marie by Per Olov Enquist

  • Started on: 2011-05-18
  • Finished on: 2011-05-19
  • Read in: Dutch
  • Rating: “****-”
  • Genre(s): Historical Fiction

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I picked up this book because it is on a few ‘must read’ lists and I was intrigued by the subject matter. The book is, as the title says, the story of Blanche and Marie. But the Marie we are talking about here is Marie Curie and her research assistant Blanche Wittmann.
The book is not a straight forward story but it are the observations of the writer as he is going through three notebooks of Blanche. The writing alternates between his take on things and the history he is telling us about. The fact that the book is about characters who have all lived in the real world, but the book is classified as fiction makes it a bit harder for me to determine what is real. But that’s not the point. In the end this story is about love, the meaning of love, the essence of love and what love does to you. Impressive.