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A Question Of Loyalties (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 08/11/2002
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Widely acclaimed as Massie's finest novel, A Question of Loyalties engages with all the complexities and ambiguities of loyalty, nationality and family as they are put under threat by betrayal, by errors of judgement, or simply friendship. Etienne de Balafre, half French, half English and raised in South Africa, returns to post-war France to unravel the tangled history of his own father. Was Lucien de Balafre a patriot who served his country as best he could in difficult times, or a treacherous collaborator in the Vichy government? Rife with the anguish of hindsight and the irony of circumstance, this powerful book brilliantly explores the ties between fathers and sons and the pains of love and duty in a period of European history that is still characterised by wilful denial and hatred.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781841952994
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 228 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 21 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Miraculous. -- Auberon Waugh
I have no hesitation in calling it a major novel ... Massie here has vigorously pushed back the narrowing boundaries of English fiction. This is a novel of scope, substance and strength all too rare today. * * Spectator * *
Addictively narrated ... Out of one broken man's story evolves the weighty history and treachery of a whole era. * * The Times * *
If anyone needs a virtuoso example of what fiction can do that history can't, I would direct them to this novel. It renders Vichy France absolutely palpable in a way I have not read before: in all its abysmal compromises, hatreds, self-loathings, betrayals and silences. -- Nicholas Shakespeare * * Waitrose Weekend * *
As a prose stylist, Massie can write like an angel ... taut yet elegiac, epigrammatic yet wistfully lyrical. * * Sunday Telelgraph * *

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