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April In Paris

By Michael Wallner

April In Paris
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  • Hardcover: May 2007,
    248 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2008,
    256 pages.

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The dramatic story of an impossible love between a German soldier and a French Resistance fighter in 1943 occupied Paris

Don't be misled by the title into thinking that April In Paris is a fluffy romance. Life and love are both battlefields in Wallner's anguished debut of wartime suspense, translated from German, which quickly embroils the reader in the tragic double-life of 22-year-old Corporal Roth.

Roth is not an heroic figure, he's not even a particularly moral or likable figure. He's simply a young man who, for a few sanity-restoring minutes, escapes his despised life as a translator posted to the Gestapo's interrogation unit, to become "Antoine", a French student, and ends up falling in love with a member of the French resistance. This relationship forces him to face an untenable moral dilemma between obedience to the Reich and following his heart, with ...

About the Author & Translator
Michael Wallner is an actor and screenwriter. He divides his time between Berlin and the Black Forest.  April in Paris, his first book, is translated into English by John Cullen who has translated more than 15 books from French, Italian, German and Spanish including Susanna Tamaro's Follow Your Heart from the Italian, Christa Wolf's Medea from the German and Yasmina Khadra's The Swallows of Kabul from the French.

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