My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A splendid and amazing biography of Sarah Bernhardt written by Françoise Sagan as letters exchanged by these two great French personalities.
This book is like a mirror biography where both characters are reflected, a quite original idea, specially considering this a non-fiction book.
Even in the end of her life with a lot of sufferance, she never gave up of her good humor her joy for life. That’s why in the original version of this book, the sub-tittle is “le fire incassable” (the unbreakable laughter).
It should be noticed that Sarah died in 1923 while this book was written in 1988! Françoise says: “you know what? I hope you will continue under the earth when they put me there. Is it possible to have communication from a grave to another?”
Georges Clairin (1843–1919): Sarah Bernhardt. Oil on canvas.
An interesting link to be visited: The Sarah Bernhardt Pages.