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Joseph Joffo is a French author, born in 1931 in Paris in the 18th arrondissement. He left school at 14 with a certificat d'études (a former school leaving certificate, taken at the end of primary education) in his pocket and joined his brothers in the family's barber shop.

He is perhaps best known in France and abroad for his memoirs "Un Sac de Billes" (A Bag of Marbles), which has been translated into eighteen languages. The memoirs, published in written in a novel fashion, tell the account of Joffo as a young boy during the Holocaust. When Joseph Joffo was ten years old, his father gave him and his brother 5 000 francs each and instructions to flee Nazi-occupied Paris and, by foot, train and bus, join their brothers Henri and Albert in Menton on the Mediterranean coast, where they'd be safe. The book "A Bag of Marbles" tells of this journey.

Joseph and his twelve-year-older brother, Maurice, travel all around France by themselves. They are attempting to escape from the grasp of Hitler and his S.S. men as they infiltrate France. They travel through northern France to the de-militiarised zone in the South. The boys then spend four blissfully safe months in Menton with their brothers, Henri and Albert, before having to leave the town for Nice where their parents are waiting.

Joseph returns to Paris shortly after peace is announced in an over-crowded train. Maurice does also, although in his typical style he also takes enough cheese to make a very large profit on! They are both re-united with their family in the coiffeur - although sadly not their father who perished in a concentration camp before the end of the war.

He has also written the book "Anna et Son Orchestre" (Anna and Her Orchestra), which tells the story of Joseph's mother, from the time she is 11 years old to the time she meets Joseph Joffo's father in Paris. His novel "Baby-foot", published in 1977, follows on from "Un Sac de Billes" and describes his life in Paris following WW2 and his discovery of American values.

"La Vieille Dame de Djerba", published in 1984, was written after a Joffo met a woman called Liza at a synagogue in Djerba, an island off the coast of Tunisia. He was amazed to discover, after assuming she was a beggar and offering her money, that she knew the name of his mother and grandmother.

At the moment (2009) Joseph Joffo lives in Paris where he owns several barber's shops.

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Total Books: 38
Un sac de billes
2017 - Un Sac De Billes [A Bag of Marbles - French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9782010166877
ISBN-10: 2010166876
Genre: Reference
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A Bag of Marbles The Graphic Novel
2013 - A Bag of Marbles the Graphic Novel [Graphic Universe] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781467707008
ISBN-10: 1467707007
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Teen & Young Adult
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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La guerre a l' italienne
2006 - La Guerre a L' Italienne (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782253155294
ISBN-10: 2253155292
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Un saco de canicas/ A Sack of Marbles
2006 - Un Saco De Canicas/ a Sack of Marbles [Best Seller] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788497595681
ISBN-10: 8497595688
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Les Aventuriers des nouveaux mondes
2003 - Les Aventuriers Des Nouveaux Mondes (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9782253155638
ISBN-10: 2253155632
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Agates et Calots
2002 - Agates Et Calots (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782013217989
ISBN-10: 2013217986
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Baby foot nouvelle dition
2002 - Baby Foot Nouvelle Dition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782013220668
ISBN-10: 2013220669
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A Bag of Marbles
2001 - A Bag of Marbles (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780226400693
ISBN-10: 0226400697
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Un sac de billes Litterature jeunesse
2000 - Un Sac De Billes Litterature Jeunesse [Lernmaterialien] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783125921146
ISBN-10: 3125921147
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Simon Et l'Enfant
1998 - Simon Et L'enfant [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782253039334
ISBN-10: 2253039330
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Le Cavalier De La Terre Promise
1994 - Le Cavalier De La Terre Promise [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782253097730
ISBN-10: 225309773X
Genre: Reference
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La jeune fille au pair
1993 - La Jeune Fille Au Pair (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782253137504
ISBN-10: 2253137502
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Abraham Levy Cure d'Campagne
1993 - Abraham Levy Cure D'campagne [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782253062394
ISBN-10: 2253062391
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Anna et son orchestre
1979 - Anna Et Son Orchestre (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782709613408
ISBN-10: 2709613409
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Anna's Diary
1977 - Anna's Diary (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780345254061
ISBN-10: 0345254066
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Bag of Marbles
Bag of Marbles (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780718113537
ISBN-10: 0718113535
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Le fruit aux mille saveurs
Le Fruit Aux Mille Saveurs [French Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9782705002862
ISBN-10: 2705002863
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Je reviendrai a Gottingen Roman
Je Reviendrai a Gottingen Roman [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782709615778
ISBN-10: 2709615770
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Un cure pas comme les autres
Un Cure Pas Comme Les Autres [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782841141920
ISBN-10: 2841141926
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Un enfant trop curieux
Un Enfant Trop Curieux [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782841143566
ISBN-10: 2841143562
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Andrei ou le hussard de l'esperance
Andrei Ou Le Hussard De L'esperance [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782841144471
ISBN-10: 284114447X
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Un Saco De Canicas [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
Applaus Voor Anna [Elseviers literaire serie] (Other)