1986, SIGNED, Laurence Deonna, La Guerre a Deux Voix, To Melina Mercuri and Jules Dassin


Laurence Deonna’s The Two-Voices War earned her the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1987. According to Denis Ruellan, the project for this book dates back to 1973 when, during the First International Feminist Conference in Boston, the author attended the meeting between Israeli and Egyptian delegates. In this book, which is based on twenty-five testimonies from women from Israel and Egypt, the author wants to bring into dialogue women who are made enemies by war. These two countries were belligerents during the Six-Day War (1967) and the Yom Kippur War (1973), the climaxes of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The book has been translated and adapted for theater and cinema.


Laurence Deonna

La Guerre à Deux Voix : Des Femmes D’Egypte Et D’israël Parlent

The War with two voices: Women from Egypt and Israel Speak


Published by Le Centurion/Labor et Fides,  Paris in 1986

Signed and Inscribed to Melina Mercouri and Jules Dassin!

First Edition

Original Soft Binding

Pages 284

22cm x 15cm (approx. 8,75inch. x 6inch.)


Laurence Deonna (1937 – 2023) was a Swiss journalist, writer and photographer who in the late 1960s became a celebrated war reporter in the Middle-East. In 1987, on the basis of her articles, books and photographs promoting international understanding and improvements to the status of women, she was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. Deonna published 12 widely translated books.

Jules Dassin (1911 –  2008) was an American film and theatre director, producer, writer and actor. A subject of the Hollywood blacklist, he subsequently moved to France, and later Greece, where he continued his career. He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Screen Directors’ Guild.

Maria Amalia “Melina” Mercouri (Greek: Μαρία Αμαλία “Μελίνα” Μερκούρη, 1920 – 1994) was a Greek actress, singer, activist, and politician. She came from a political family that was prominent over multiple generations. She received an Academy Award nomination and won a Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for her performance in the film Never on Sunday (1960). Mercouri was also nominated for one Tony Award, three Golden Globes and two BAFTA Awards in her acting career. In 1987 she was awarded a special prize in the first edition of the Europe Theatre Prize.

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