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Paris Echo  

Sebastian Faulks

'Faulks is beyond doubt a master' Financial Times Here is Paris as you have never seen it before - a city in which every building seems to hold the echo of an unacknowledged past, the shadows of Vichy and Algeria. American postdoctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq have little in common, yet both are susceptible to the daylight ghosts of Paris. Hannah listens to the extraordinary witness of women who were present under the German Occupation; in her desire to understand their lives and through them her own, she finds a city bursting with clues and connections. Out in the migrant suburbs, Tariq is searching for a mother he barely knew. For him in his innocence each boulevard, MUtro station and street corner is a source of surprise. In this urgent and deeply moving novel, Faulks deals with questions of empire, grievance and identity. With great originality and a dark humour, Paris Echo asks how much we really need to know if we are to live a valuable life. 'Faulks captures the voice of a century' Sunday Times 'The most impressive novelist of his generation' Sunday Telegraph

"There is much to learn from Paris Echo about the city's complex identity, and about the way we view the past." - Sunday Times

"Faulks is a fine descriptive writer and evokes Paris splendidly." - Daily Telegraph

"Faulks excels at creating well-rounded characters." - Good Housekeeping

Paris Echo is an enjoyable and highly readable novel. Faulks has an easy-going style and he draws you seemingly without effort into the world he creates. He has a knowing humour too... In part the novel is a love letter to Paris, but it is also the latest product of Faulk's long-standing and fascinating engagement with the devastating events of the 20th Century." - Literary Review

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