Alex Capus im Interview über "Der Fälscher, die Spionin und der Bombenbauer"
The Forger, the Spy and the Bomb-Maker
- date of publication: 29.07.2013
- 288 Pages
- Hanser Verlag
- ISBN 978-3-446-24327-9
- Deutschland: 19,90 €
- Österreich: 20,50 €
- E-Book ISBN 978-3-446-24427-6
- E-Book Deutschland: 9,99 €
Young pacifist Felix Bloch studies under Heisenberg in Leipzig, specialising in nuclear physics. In 1933 he leaves Nazi Germany and flees to America – only to find himself working at Los Alamos, helping Robert Oppenheimer build the first atomic bomb. Laura D‘Oriano, the rebellious daughter of a musician, tries her hand at a singing career but is forced to realise that she lacks the talent for stardom. At the outbreak of the war she moves from Marseilles to Italy as an allied spy – what she doesn’t know is that Mussolini’s agents are watching her every move. Art student Emile Gilliéron follows Schliemann to Troy, where he designs vases and restores frescoes. He also fabricates reproductions on commission – and comes to realise that it’s only a small step from there into the shady realm of forgery. The three protagonists could only have met once – in November 1924 at Zurich Central Station, where the story begins. Their journeys take them onwards to separate destinies, yet their fates remain strangely linked. Alex Capus excels himself once again at his definitive melange of fact and fiction. With a subtle blend of gentle, tongue-in-cheek humour, impeccable concision and his proverbial deftness, he traces the scrupulously researched biographies of his heroes, who are forced by circumstance to abandon their dreams – and yet manage to pluck victory from the jaws of defeat.