New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2002.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed to previous owner by author in ink to title page. First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 8 1/2" X 5 3/4". xii, 354pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Curl to front and rear flaps. Bound in black paper over boards with spine lettered in red. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Using sensitive documents recently unsealed by the French government, Staman explores the life of Robert Denoel from his dramatic rise in publishing to his mysterious murder in 1945. A man of contradiction, Denoel published the works of anti-Semetics along side the works of Jews and Marxists. In fact, during the same month that he went on trial for Nazi collaboration, he won the most prestigious prize in French literature, The Goncourt, for his publication of a work by Elsa Triolet, a Russian Jew and an ardent supporter of the Nazi Resistance movement. How his company became an acquisition upon his death of his nemesis, Gaston Gallimard, involves a riveting tale of crime, murder, betrayal, and cover-up not often found even in fiction. Set against the colorful backdrop of Paris from the roaring '20s through the turbulent Nazi occupation years in the '30s to the post-war investigation, this is a riveting story of a fascinating man.(Publisher). Very good / very good. Item #8889