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Paris Echo

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A Times Fiction Book of the Year

'Superb . . . weaves winningly between the present and the second world war, between Tangiers and Paris.' Observer

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, Metro 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
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 31mm | 536g
  • Hutchinson
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786330210
  • 9781786330215
  • 132,355

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"Paris Echo doesn’t disappoint… Faulks is doing what he does best, marrying careful historical research with a good ear for dialogue"
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"Superb... weaves winningly between the present and the second world war, between Tangiers and Paris." -- Alex Preston * Observer * "`[Paris Echo is] brimming with Faulks's deep affection for Paris. His outsider's interest in quirky street names and quaint corners transports his readers there too. And in the end, the book is powered by his ambition to evoke that place, its ghostliness, those spectres of history, lurking around every beautiful avenue" * Guardian * "A brilliantly plotted and occasionally hallucinatory novel, in which the author's genius for literary ventriloquism is shown off to startling effect." * New Statesman * "Paris Echo doesn't disappoint... Faulks is doing what he does best, marrying careful historical research with a good ear for dialogue" -- Melissa Katsoulis * The Times * "[An] exquisite book... a deeply affecting, wholly unsolemn treatment of some of the 20th century's darkest moments." * Daily Mail * "The prowess of his storytelling makes him a graceful guide through "the great world of the past"... Cunningly crafted, Faulks's fictional bridge between the French past and present has its sentimental side." * Financial Times * "There is humour and humanity in this bold, perceptive novel." * Daily Express * "Both thoughtful and thought-provoking with memorable characters and a profound sense of the past in the present" -- Hannah Beckerman * S Magazine, Sunday Express * "Here is Paris in all its beauty and squalor, its blood-stained history and its ability to instil in its lover a sense of the true sweetness of life. So this intelligent, moving, often disturbing novel is also really a love letter to Paris and indeed to France." * The Scotsman * "There is much to learn from Paris Echo about the city's complex identity, and about the way we view the past." * Sunday Times *
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About Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks was born in April 1953. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1991, he worked as a journalist. Sebastian Faulks's books include A Possible Life, Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Engleby, Birdsong, A Week in December and Where My Heart Used to Beat.
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1,868 ratings
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2 9% (172)
1 3% (65)
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