The Dictator's Muse (Hardback)Nigel Farndale (author)
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'Richly evocative' The Times
'Fascinating' The Observer
'Riveting ... fast-paced, brilliantly constructed' Spectator
'Profound and moving... a beautifully written evocation of turbulent times' Daily Express
It is the early 1930s, and Europe is holding its breath. As Hitler's grip on power tightens, preparations are being made for the Berlin Olympics. Leni Riefenstahl is the pioneering, sexually-liberated star film-maker of the Third Reich. She has been chosen by Hitler to capture the Olympics on celluloid but is about to find that even his closest friends have much to fear. Kim Newlands is the English athlete 'sponsored' by the Blackshirts and devoted to his mercurial, socialite girlfriend Connie. He is driven by a desire to win an Olympic gold but to do that he must first pretend to be someone he is not. Alun Pryce is the Welsh communist sent to infiltrate the Blackshirts. When he befriends Kim and Connie, his belief that the end justifies the means will be tested to the core.
Through her camera lens and memoirs, Leni is able to manipulate the truth about what happens when their fates collide at the Olympics. But while some scenes from her life end up on the cutting room floor, this does not mean they are lost forever...
'A masterly exploration of conflicting loyalties ... Sharply characterised, richly atmospheric and completely engrossing' John Preston, author of The Dig
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 545 g
Dimensions: 250 x 170 x 30 mm
[A] richly evocative historical novel. * THE TIMES *
Fascinating... Farndale's panoramic view of pre-war German society on the verge of irreparable change is persuasively evoked. * THE OBSERVER *
A novel rich in historical detail, but wearing its research lightly, and the story is told in a French Lieutenant's Woman kind of way, veering from the present to the past with superb flair. With the rise of the alt right again polluting our democracies, this novel has an uncomfortable prescience, with a plot twist at the end which is ingenious. * IRISH INDEPENDENT *
Enthralling... profound and moving, this is a beautifully written evocation of turbulent times. * DAILY EXPRESS / DAILY MIRROR *
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I enjoyed this book very much. Historical fiction featuring real people is a favourite of mine, as is anything to do with Naziism and British Fascism. Leni Riefenstahl is a great character to base a book around and... More
“An enjoyable read”
I quite enjoyed this but it was a little different to what I was expecting.
There is a lot of politicism in this book. The main characters were strong and their relationships developed well.
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“The amazing life of Leni Riefenstahl”
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