The Year Is '42 by Nella Bielski
A Novel

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Wehrmacht officer Karl Bazinger is living the high life in Occupied Paris. But with his glamorous dinner companions and his open disdain for the Nazis, he begins to attract the attention of the SS. He is drawn into further trouble when he receives a suspicious visit from a friend who may be involved in resistance activities. To lower his profile, Karl requests a transfer to Kiev, where he discovers the extent of the Nazi atrocities. He then begins to suffer from a mysterious ailment, and through the ministrations of a beautiful Russian doctor, he finds his vital reconnection to hope. Urbane, subtle, and elegiac, The Year is ’42 is a moving portrait of ordinary lives lived under the extraordinary circumstances of war.

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About Nella Bielski

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Nella Bielski was born in the Ukraine and studied philosophy at Moscow University. Living in Paris, she writes in French and is the author of several novels including Oranges for the Son of Alexander Levy and After Arkadia. She has written scripts for the cinema–Isabelle (published by Arcadia Press)–and plays for the theater. A Question of Geography was staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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At the start of what often reads like the summary of a longer and, ideally, fuller work, German Wehrmacht officer Karl Bazinger arrives in Nazi-occupied Paris.

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