* Miraculous. -- Auberon Waugh * I have no hesitation in calling it a major novel ... Massie here has vigorously pushed back the narrowing boundaries of English fiction. This is a novel of scope, substance and strength all too rare today. Spectator * Addictively narrated ... Out of one broken man's story evolves the weighty history and treachery of a whole era. The Times * If anyone needs a virtuoso example of what fiction can do that history can't, I would direct them to this novel. It renders Vichy France absolutely palpable in a way I have not read before: in all its abysmal compromises, hatreds, self-loathings, betrayals and silences. -- Nicholas Shakespeare Waitrose Weekend 20140123 * As a prose stylist, Massie can write like an angel ... taut yet elegiac, epigrammatic yet wistfully lyrical. Sunday TelelgraphVom Verlag:
This superb book engages with all the complexities and ambiguities of loyalty, nationality, love and duty as they are put under threat by betrayal, by errors of judgement, or just by friendship in the historical wound that was occupied France. Etienne de Balafre, half French, half English and raised in South Africa, returns to post-war France to unravel the tangled history of his own father Lucien - was he a patriot who may have served his country as best he could in difficult times, or a treacherous collaborator in the Vichy government? This subtle and moving novel, rife with the anguish of hindsight and the irony of circumstance, explores the ties between fathers and sons and the pains of love and duty in a period in European history that is still characterised by wilful denial and hatred.
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Buchbeschreibung Canongate Books Ltd Nov 2002, 2002. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 200x131x25 mm. Neuware - New edition of the 'Scotsman' Book of the Year 1989. A man returns to post-war France in an attempt to discover whether his father was a patriot or traitor. 352 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781841952994