Signs of Spring

Fresh branches by the sidewalk near the Pont Marie in Paris's 4th arrondissement, in the late afternoon.

We were coming from a visit to the nearby Shoah Memorial, which regularly mounts excellent exhibitions.

The major current one is devoted to Irène Némirovsky, a Russian-French novelist who as a Jew was deported to Auschwitz, where she died. Her Suite Française was published posthumously in 2004, to great acclaim, reviving her reputation as an important French writer (judging from the bookstore, virtually all Némirovsky's works are now in print). It was a meticulous, moving, and--despite her tragic fate--ultimately uplifting exhibition. Perhaps these vibrant colors can be seen as emblematic of that.

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