From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Tereska Torrès (born in 1920 in Paris as Tereska Szwarc) is a French writer.
She is best-known for her 1950 fictional account of her wartime experiences under the title Women's Barracks in the United States of America.
Tereska wrote some further 14 books, which were often translated by her husband into English. Her best known books are:
- Le sable et l'écume - 1945 by Gallimard. Her first novel started when she was 17 years old and finished during the war.
- Women's Barracks - 1950 by Fawcett's Gold Medal; the first Lesbian Pulp novel
- The Converts - 1970 by Knopf (New York); an account of her childhood and youth.
- Les poupées de cendre - 1972 by Le Seuil et Phebus; a novel set in Israel.
- Les maisons hantées de Meyer Levin" - 1974 by Editions Phebus (Paris); about her husband's 30-year long obsession with a play he wrote based on the Diary of Anne Frank
- Une Française Libre - 2000 by Phebus (London); a diary of her war years.
- Le Choix - 2002 by Edition Desclée de Brouwer (Paris); about her parent's secret conversion to Catholicism in 1919.
Her yet unpublished life diary notebooks are preserved by Boston University.
She is one of a few surviving members of the "Volontaires françaises" - the women army Corp of the Free French Forces.