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Sybille Bedford was a largely twentieth-century writer who worked on the boundaries between fiction and fact. Her three initial novels (which create fictional characters partly from people in Bedford's own family or circle, and which evoke with particular historical vividness the political atmosphere of the times, recent but not contemporary, in which they are set) culminate in a 'memoir-novel' which is one step closer to autobiography, and a twenty-first century memoir which separates autobiography from fiction. Sybille Bedford has also written biography, accounts of travel, and reports of celebrated trials, as well as reviews and articles on food, wine, and books.
16 March 1911 Sybille Van Schoenebeck (later Bedford) was born at Charlottenburg, in Brandenburg (then in deep countryside but now part of Berlin). Bibliographic Citation link.
1989 Hamish Hamilton issued SB's Jigsaw: An Unsentimental Education, A Biographical Novel, written the previous year. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 February 2006 SB died at the age of ninety-four. Bibliographic Citation link.
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