Anne Weber Wed, 16th June 2021, 8:00 pm Annette, a heroine epic Awarded the German Book Prize 2020 Literature What a life! Born in 1923 in Brittany, raised in humble circumstances, a member of the Communist Resistance as a teenager, rescuer of two Jewish youths – for which she will later receive the honorary title “Righteous Among the Nations” from Yad Vashem -, a neurophysiologist in Marseille after the war, sentenced to ten years in prison in 1959 for her involvement on the side of the Algerian independence movement…and still a living example in schools today of the importance of disobedience. Anne Weber recounts the unlikely life of Anne Beaumanoir in a brilliant biographical heroine epic. The scenes, depicted with great power of language, raise many questions: What drives someone into resistance? What does he sacrifice for it? How far can he go? What can he achieve? Annette, a Heroine’s Epic tells of a true heroine who concerns us. “The power of Anne Weber’s narrative rivals that of her heroine: It is breathtaking how fresh the old form of the epic sounds here, and the ease with which Weber condenses the life story of French resistance fighter Anne Beaumanoir into a novel about courage, resilience, and the struggle for freedom. Annette, a Heroine’s Epic is a story full of hardships, but Weber tells it with sovereign unobtrusiveness and fine irony. At stake is nothing less than Franco-German history as one of the foundations of our Europe today. We are grateful that Anne Weber has discovered Annette for us and tells us about her” (Jury statement German Book Prize 2020).