April in Paris

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Nan A. Talese, 2007 - Fiction - 248 pages
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Roth, a twenty-one-year-old German soldier, has spent most of his time in occupied Paris working in the army’s back offices. But when his superiors learn of his ability to speak accent-free French, he is abruptly transferred to Gestapo headquarters to work as an interpreter during the interrogation of Resistance fighters. Although he doesn’t agree with the Nazi regime, Roth doesn’t question his role and translates with impeccable accuracy as the torture proceeds. But when his duty ends, Roth 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 meeting and they fall in love before Roth has the courage to reveal his true identity. Only when it is too late does he discover that Chantal is part of the Resistance. In order to protect him, Chantal says nothing about what the Resistance is planning. But when a bomb placed in a popular nightclub by the Resistance kills several high-ranking German officers, Roth’s colleagues focus their investigation on Chantal’s father’s bookstore. And soon Roth finds himself not in his role as translator but as a suspect being interrogated by the SS. What follows is an escape through occupied Paris and into the countryside that ends with an unexpected and deeply moving scene. Written in an elegant and arresting style, APRIL IN PARIS is a thrilling novel by a promising new writer. “April in Parisis a majestic novel…[Wallner] has perfectly captured the language of the era, and explored the moral dilemma of an apolitical soldier torn between obedience and sentiment.” —Frankfurter Neue Presse “April in Parisis a thrilling read…Michael Wallner writes with great delicacy…deftly creating an atmosphere full of suspense.” — Monika Melcher,Lesart

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User Review  - Erika - Goodreads

I did enjoy reading April in Paris. I started out strong and read the beginning rather quickly. Wallner sets the scene with a young German soldier who works as an interpreter questioning Resistance ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eric White - Goodreads

A story of war and romance from the eyes of an average soldier caught between two countries and never really finding a place he can call his own in either. I thought this story was tragedy in one ... Read full review


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MICHAEL WALLNER is an actor and screenwriter. He lives in Germany and divides his time between Berlin and the Black Forest, and is at work on his next novel.

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