The novel is ostensibly based on a true story, but a central element in the book—Cilka’s sexual relationship with the SS officers—has been challenged by the Auschwitz Memorial Research Center and by the real Cilka’s stepson, who says it is false. In architect Belfoure’s fiction debut, the architectural and historical details are closely rendered, while the characters are mostly sketchy stereotypes. Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast, Browse back issues of the Book Review from 1997 to today. ), Driving While Black is an even more perilous proposition than it is now. ‧ Ruff’s ripping yarns often pile on contrivances and overextend the narratives in the grand manner of pulp storytelling, but the reinvented mythos here seems to have aroused in him a newfound empathy and engagement with his characters. An architect by profession, he graduated from the Pratt Institute and Columbia University, and he taught at Pratt as well as Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. ... And multiple times the main character is in the presence of nazis or the gestapo. Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman explores what is, in normal times, the busiest thoroughfare in America. “Inside Story,” a novel in a genre Amis calls “life-writing,” revisits the author’s relationships with Saul Bellow, Christopher Hitchens and others. She is the author of the Lindsey Gale Mystery series including: Cheating Death, The Music Room, A House to Kill For; historical fiction, The Brownstone; and nonfiction The Four Elements of Fiction: Character, Setting, Situation, and Theme; Around Greensboro; as well as a memoir, Essays on Growing up Middle Class in Post World War II America. Depraved Gestapo colonel Schlegal and his torturer lackeys and thuggish henchmen see their main goal as tracking down every last Jew in Paris who has not already been deported to a concentration camp. Judith Reveal lives in rural Maryland. While performing his factory assignment (the facility will turn out armaments for the Reich), Lucien meets kindred spirit Herzog, a Wehrmacht officer with a keen appreciation of architectural engineering, who views capturing Jews as an ill-advised distraction from winning the war for Germany. In the northern U.S. of the mid-1950s, as depicted in this merrily macabre pastiche by Ruff (The Mirage, 2012, etc. about the paris architect NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! A book review of The Paris Architect: A Novel by Charles Belfoure. FANTASY GENERAL SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY It’s free and takes less than 10 seconds! The narrative is intercut with Cilka’s grim memories of Auschwitz as well as her happier recollections of life with her parents and sister before the war. The novel begins with the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops in 1945. It turns out this road trip is merely the beginning of a series of bizarre chimerical adventures ensnaring both the Turner and Dandridge clans in ancient rituals, arcane magical texts, alternate universes, and transmogrifying potions, all of which bears some resemblance to the supernatural visions of H.P. ... but I had to give up. “Dark Archives,” by Megan Rosenbloom, a librarian at U.C.L.A., traces the history of the controversial practice and considers what we should do with such books today. Review written by Judith Reveal. Though believing she is cursed, Cilka shows great courage and fortitude throughout: Indeed, her ability to endure trauma—as well her heroism in ministering to the sick and wounded—almost defies credulity. Categories: In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a job that will bring him a great deal of money - and maybe get him killed.