Violette Nozière: A Story of Murder in 1930s Paris

Sarah Maza (Author)

Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
May 31, 2011
6.17 X 1.13 X 9.34 inches | 1.38 pounds
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About the Author

Sarah Maza is Jane Long Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Northwestern University. She is the author of many books including award winners Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Célèbres of Prerevolutionary France (UC Press) and The Myth of the French Bourgeoisie: An Essay on the Social Imaginary, 1750-1850.


"Grittily cinematic."--Megan O'Grady"Vogue" (04/07/2011)
"The story itself is so fascinating that general readers interested in crime and mystery will be enthralled."--Marie Marmo Mullaney"Library Journal" (04/01/2011)
"A true-life detective tale set not amid the glamour and romance of a well-touristed Paris but in a secret city that runs thick with the lives of the forgotten and the abandoned."--David Kennedy Jones"T: The New York Times Style Magazine" (06/15/2011)
A well-researched and thoroughly readable account of French culture as revealed in a generally forgotten murder case."--Jaime O'Neill"Chico News & Review" (05/12/2011)
"The trial captivated France, and readers will be just as captivated by Maza's study of Noziere and the culture of interwar France."--Eric Feil"Dan's Hamptons" (06/09/2011)
"Maza explains brilliantly how and why Violette's story--or a culturally acceptable version of her story--grew from being a mere fait divers, or miscellaneous news item, into a nationally staged drama that bound France in schadenfreude-laced fascination near the end of the turbulent and divisive Third Republic. Combining a neatly suspenseful account of Violette's crime and its consequences with a richly layered cultural history . . . she skillfully analyzes Violette's transformation from wretched schoolgirl to cultural icon."-- (06/03/2011)
"An academic history with a pulpy noir heart."--Publishers Weekly (04/11/2011)
"Excellent. . . . Maza gorgeously weaves together social history, crime culture, gender theory, and thorough research."-- (10/15/2012)
"[An] excellent new biography. . . . Maza gorgeously weaves together social history, crime culture, gender theory, and thorough research."-- (10/15/2012)
"Compelling. . . . A brief review cannot convey the elegance and persuasiveness of Maza's version of this famous case."-- (03/01/2013)