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A Key to the World
by Victor Abbou
translated by Bill Moody
preface by Emmanuelle Laborit and Cuxac Christian
Gallaudet University Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-2-9557825-9-0

Victor Abbou is an invaluable witness to the period in France which is called the Deaf Awakening. His story is a treasure trove of archival material of that period, as he was one of the trailblazers in so many fields: actor, activist, trainer and teacher of future interpreters studying at the university. In doing all of this, he created bridges between two worlds, the world of the deaf and the world of the hearing, which were in close proximity but which were separated by a great chasm. Victor's story also shines a light on the key role played by several Americans who contributed significant sparks which ignited the French Deaf Awakening. This Franco-American connection in contemporary Deaf history is yet another bridge which Victor Abbou's story documents in great detail.

Published by Eyes Editions.
Includes links to two hours of video in International Sign.

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