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Based loosely upon the highly imagined, quirky lives of 3 real people, this novel tracks their independent paths, each having passed through the rail station in Zurich on a day in November, 1924. Laura, beautiful and fluent in several languages, is executed for espionage in Italy by the Fascist government during World War II. Felix, a brilliant physicist obsessed with neutrons, is part of Oppenheimer's team developing the atomic bomb in Los Alamos. Emile, a master art forger, recreates artifacts and buildings from the Minoan Civilization. Each pays the price of expertise!
Alex Capus’s novels have been runaway best-sellers in Germany, and his novel Léon and Louise received widespread critical acclaim on its English publication in 2012.
A Price to Pay, the fourth of Capus’s novels to be published in English, tells the interwoven stories of three disparate figures from interwar Switzerland: pacifist Felix Bloch, who ends up working on the Manhattan Project; Laura d’Oriano, who wants to become a singer but instead becomes an Allied spy in fascist Italy; and Emile Gillieron, who accompanies Heinrich Schliemann to Troy and becomes one of art’s greatest forgers. Taking off from the only moment in history when all three were in the same place—a November day in 1924 at Zürich Station—Capus traces their diverging paths as they secure their places in the annals of history—but at what price?
About the Author
Alex Capus is a journalist and the author of several novels, including Léon and Louise.
Simon Pare is a translator from French and German who lives in Paris.
“There is much here to appreciate. . . . Capus’ characters were real people who, in their own unique ways, helped shape the previous century. He does them justice in his captivating novel by fleshing them out and allowing them to breathe and pulse on the page.”