she can spin a good story.... warm in tone and wryly observant. (Kate Saunders THE TIMES)
It's a good read with a convincing plot (Anne Sebba THE JEWISH CHRONICLE)
Ann Widdecombe's impressive novel...... Widdecombe skilfully and often movingly uses the boy's struggle with his own painful history to throw light on the troubled years between 1945 and the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. (Margaret Walters THE SUNDAY TIMES)
The story of Klaus-Pierre Dessin, the illegitimate son of a young French woman and a high-ranking German soldier, who fall in love in Paris during the Nazi occupation in WWII. His father is killed in the German retreat and his mother is faced with bringing up her young son on her own.
Told in the first person, KP starts in 1989 as the Berlin wall falls and recollects life from the time as a toddler he and his mother took refuge with an aunt in Provence after her Catholic family in Paris had disowned her. The suffering of taunts and bulleying from French children - 'the German brat, the German brat' and the eventual move to KP's German family near Lubeck on the West German side of the West-East German border. There on an estate recovering from war KP learns about life. He is clever, multi-lingual, goes to university in Heidelberg and also in England (Oxford) where he discovers that people are similar regardless of nationality. And he falls in love....
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Descripción Orion Publishing, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 1St Edition. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0297829580