Thanks to an independent lifestyle and a home of her own in Geneva, Alice Rivaz published her first novel in 1940.
Launching a prize is a way of paying tribute to the author, of keeping her memory and her work alive. It also promotes the creations of contemporary authors.
This novel combines the individual and the universal, while weaving issues of the past and the present, and a quest for both one’s self and the truth, a quest which also pervades Alice Rivaz’ œuvre.
Without taking any liberties, Bruno Pellegrino affectionately and discreetly takes readers on tiptoe in the footsteps of the Swiss poet Gustave Roud and his sister Madeleine, into times gone by and their world of poetry, their everyday life, his writing and feelings.
Federica, Sabine, Gabrielle, Clara and Anna bear witness to the difficulties of being a woman and to the prejudice and injustice they faced.