By David Caron
"It is a residing museum of a long-gone Jewish lifestyles and, supposedly, a sworn statement to the luck of the French version of social integration. it's a communal domestic the place homosexual women and men are stated to face in defiance of the French version of social integration. it's a position of freedom and tolerance the place humans of colour and lesbians however believe undesirable and the place younger Zionists from the suburbs assemble each Sunday and occasionally harass Arabs. it's a scorching subject within the press and on tv. it's open to the realm and open for enterprise. it's a position to be obvious and a spot of invisibility. it truly is like a house to me, a spot the place i believe either secure and misplaced and the place my father felt cozy and alienated whilst. it's a position of nostalgia, innovation, disgrace, satisfaction, and nervousness, the place the neighborhood and the worldwide intersect for higher and for worse. And for higher and for worse, it's a French neighborhood."—from My Father and I
Mixing own memoir, city experiences, cultural heritage, and literary feedback, in addition to a beneficiant number of photos, My Father and I makes a speciality of the Marais, the oldest surviving local of Paris. It additionally fantastically unearths the intricacies of the connection among a Jewish father and a homosexual son, each one claiming a similar local as his personal. starting with the heritage of the Marais and its importance within the development of a French nationwide id, David Caron proposes a rethinking of neighborhood and appears at how Jews, chinese language immigrants, and gays have made the Marais theirs.
These groups include, of their engagement of city house, a regular problem to the French suggestion of common citizenship that denies all of them political legitimacy. Caron strikes from the strictly French context to extra theoretical matters resembling social and political archaism, immigration and diaspora, survival and haunting, the public/private divide, and staff friendship as metaphor for unruly and dynamic kinds of group, and founding mess ups corresponding to AIDS and the Holocaust. Caron additionally tells the tale of his father, a Hungarian Jew and Holocaust survivor who immigrated to France and as soon as referred to as the Marais home.
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My Father and I: The Marais and the Queerness of Community by David Caron