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America's Albert Cohen Moment

30 days ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

One-hundred-twenty-four years ago today, the 20-year-old daughter of a notary, Louise Judith Ferro, washed her newborn son, Avraham Coen, with the soap made in her family's home across from their synagogue on the island of Corfu. He heard his first words in Judeo-Venetian, his only language for the next five years. In 1968, as the streets of Paris blazed with anti-establishment protests, he won the Grand Prix of the Académie Française. By then, he was Albert Cohen, celebrated as the immigrant son of Jewish egg sellers in Marseille. In May of this year, the Swiss journal Le Temps listed...
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