The Paris Architect: A Novel

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The Paris Architect: A Novel

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Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2:00-3:30pm

The Paris Architect: A Novel, by Charles Belfoure

Facilitated by Dr. Veronique Flambard-Weisbart, Professor, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

How far would you go to help a stranger? What would you risk? Would you trade your life for another's in the name of what is right? Belfoure explores these questions and others in this debut novel set in Paris during the Nazi occupation. Lucien Bernard—who, like the book's author, is an architect—is offered a large sum of money to outsmart the Gestapo by devising unique hiding places for Jews, though he knows that anyone caught helping them will be tortured and killed by the Germans. Danger is everywhere: Lucien's mistress, Adele, a successful fashion designer, has an affair with a Gestapo colonel. Lucien's new assistant will betray him in a heartbeat. Offered a juicy German factory commission that involves working with a Nazi officer who admires architecture and art, Lucien's web weaves more complexly. And when he falls in love with Adele's assistant, rescues a child, and contacts some of the individuals he's saved, the stakes grow higher and Lucien's thoughts turn from money to vengeance. Seamlessly integrated architectural details add to the excitement. Belfoure's characters are well-rounded and intricate. Heart, reluctant heroism, and art blend together in this spine-chilling page-turner.

ISBN

978-1402294150

Publication Date

Fall 11-15-2015

Keywords

Jewish, Paris, Nazi occupation

Disciplines

Architecture | History | Jewish Studies

The Paris Architect: A Novel

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