The Vanished Collection


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$17.95  $16.51
New Vessel Press
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Pauline Baer de Perignon has co-authored film scripts and directed writing workshops in Paris where she lives. The Vanished Collection is her first book.
Natasha Lehrer has translated books by Georges Bataille, Robert Desnos, Victor Segalen, Chantal Thomas and the Dalai Lama. Her co-translation of Nathalie Léger's Suite for Barbara Loden won the 2017 Scott Moncrieff Prize.


Pauline Baer de Perignon is a natural storyteller--refreshingly honest, curious and open. Like the best memoirists, she manages to tell multiple stories simultaneously, to delicately layer meanings and narratives. Here is not only a riveting art world mystery, but an utterly personal, heartfelt, and extremely intelligent story of a woman doing everything she can to uncover the truths of her family.
--Menachem Kaiser, author of Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure

Riveting ... This page-turner will delight art history and mystery fans alike.
--Publishers Weekly

Undeniably intriguing ... memorable and often moving. A fascinating journey to uncover lost family secrets--and treasure.
--Kirkus Reviews

A charmingly told account of a woman's quest to reconstruct her great-grandfather's art collection that leads her not only to the restitution of looted works, but also to a profound and touching recognition of her family's wartime odyssey and her own place in their myriad generations.
--Lynn H. Nicholas, author of The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War

Beautifully evokes a vanished world that once stood at the crossroads between the heights of civilization and the depths of barbarism before being overwhelmed by the latter. The restitution to Pauline Baer de Perignon's family of one of France's finest 18th-century masterpieces, through a harrowing process dramatically recounted in this book, goes some way to redeem the cause of civilization.
--James Gardner, author of The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World's Most Famous Museum

Engrossing ... This book--aside from its flowing style, compelling storyline and intriguing twists and turns--adds such an important chapter to the Holocaust narrative and its culture-centered subset. Its ultimate theme is really about restituting memory--that most significant of characteristics that makes humans human.
--The Holocaust Art Restitution Project

For decades the lost Jules Strauss collection lay shrouded in mystery. First the Nazi expropriation, followed by the family's own denial. Finally through determination a great-granddaughter is able to piece together previously buried clues. Pauline Baer's goal is justice, but an unexpected consequence is a poignant connection with lost family and a keener understanding of history.
--Simon Goodman, author of The Orpheus Clock: The Search for My Family's Art Treasures Stolen by the Nazis

'Every family has its paradise lost, ' writes Pauline Baer de Perignon. Like the Camondos, the Rothschilds, the Ephrussis and other Jewish families whose art was looted in the war, her heritage is of epic proportions and this account of that past resurfacing today is as moving as it is fascinating. I could not put it down.
--Cécile David-Weill, author of Parents Under the Influence and The Suitors

As devourable as a thriller ... Incredibly moving.

A terrific book.
--Le Point

"Stimulated by a desire to write, Pauline unconsciously understands that what she really wants is to bear witness. As if in a Kubrick film, she opens a door and a river of blood pours out on her. With valued assistance from Modiano, Pauline digs into this shocking story that amazes and breaks the heart ... transforming an unfortunately commonplace account of paintings stolen by the Nazis into a breathtaking novel of suspense.
--Le Figaro