April in Paris
By Michael Wallner
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307277688, 256pp.)
Publication Date: March 25, 2008
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Michael Wallner's thrilling first novel, set in occupied France during World War II, movingly recounts the impossible love affair between a German soldier and a French resistance fighter.Roth, a young soldier in the SS and a fluent French translator, works as an interpreter during the interrogation of Resistance fighters. But while off-duty, he slips away from his fellow officers, changes into civilian clothes, and wanders aimlessly through Paris disguised as his alter ego "Antoine." One day he is drawn into an antiquarian bookshop and becomes enchanted with the bookseller's beautiful daughter, Chantal. The two begin to meet and fall in love before Roth has the courage to reveal his true identity, or the time to discover that Chantal is part of the Resistance. Written in an elegant and arresting style, April in Paris is an engrossing novel from a promising new talent.
Michael Wallner is an actor and screenwriter. He lives in Germany and divides his time between Berlin and the Black Forest.
“Touching [and] thrilling. . . . An impressive debut.” —USA Today“Bittersweet, resonant....[Wallner] evokes war-ravaged Paris with a deft touch.” —New York Times Book Review“A cross between Ken Follett and Bernard Schlink's The Reader… Exhilarating.” —Brigitte Magazine