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The Travels of Daniel Ascher
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Who is the real author of The Black Insignia? Is it H. R. Sanders, whose name is printed on the cover of the wildly successful YA adventure series? Or is it Daniel Roche, the enigmatic world traveller who disappears for months at a time? When Daniel's great-niece, Helene, moves to Paris to study archaeology, she does not expect to be searching for answers, but as rumours fly that the 24th volume of the series will be the last, Helene and her friend Guillaume, set out to discover more. In doing so she uncovers a terrible secret from the darkest days of the Occupation.
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About the Author

Deborah Levy-Bertheratalives in Paris, where she teaches comparative literature at the cole Normale Superieure. She has translated Lermontov s A Hero of Our Time and Gogol s Petersburg Tales into French.aThe Travels of Daniel Ascherais her first novel. a Adriana Hunter studied French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated more than fifty books including Electrico W by Herve Le Tellier (winner of the French-American Foundation s 2013 Translation Prize in Fiction). She won the 2011 Scott Moncrieff Prize and has been short-listed twice for the Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prize. She lives in Norfolk, England.

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"Haunting...the narrative reads like a mash-up of "Sarah's Key" and "The Book Thief," and it adroitly straddles the line between adult and YA literature. A piercing meditation on memory and history." "Publishers Weekly" "[Deborah]Levy-Bertherathas written an engaging yet ultimately melancholy and moving novel about a search for meaning with itsroots buried in WWII France. A slender story but a satisfying one." "Booklist" "[Deborah]Levy-Bertherat's debut novel is a story about storytelling both historical and personal...The best moments in Levy-Bertherat's short novel involve people falling into stories...The writing is lovely." "Kirkus Reviews ""All fiction readers will love ["The Travels of Daniel Ascher"]."" Library Journal" "[A]tightly layered debut novel...With an emphasis on our simultaneous needs to disguise our suffering and tell our stories, Levy-Bertherat highlights a most human conundrum in a mystery whose resolution will fill readers with sorrow and hope." "Shelf Awareness" "The Travels of Daniel Ascher"is about the power of stories, particularly the ones we tell about ourselves. Within its svelte form, the novel packs in a love story (several actually), a family story, a war story, a mystery, a travelogue, and even a convincingly imagined children's adventure series. All these strands weave together beautifully in this deftly plotted and deeply moving novel. Gabrielle Zevin, author of"The Fabled Life of A.J. Fikry" A startling, beautifully written novel that starts as a stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens and ends in a plunge into the dark, mysterious world of wartime Paris. A real thriller. Anka Muhlstein, author of"Monsieur Proust s Library" "Bewitching, charming." "Elle"(France) "Deborah Levy-Bertherat has a bright literary future." "Lire " "A novel rich in reflections on identity, memory, and the power of fiction." "Le Figaro" A novel one reads in one sitting that brings us back to the time when traveling meant opening a book. "Le Libraire "(Quebec)" "[DEborah] LEvy-Bertherat has written an engaging yet ultimately melancholy and moving novel about a search for meaning with its roots buried in WWII France. A slender story but a satisfying one." --"Booklist" ""The Travels of Daniel Ascher "is about the power of stories, particularly the ones we tell about ourselves. Within its svelte form, the novel packs in a love story (several actually), a family story, a war story, a mystery, a travelogue, and even a convincingly imagined children's adventure series. All these strands weave together beautifully in this deftly plotted and deeply moving novel." --Gabrielle Zevin, author of "The Fabled Life of A.J. Fikry" "A startling, beautifully written novel that starts as a stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens and ends in a plunge into the dark, mysterious world of wartime Paris. A real thriller." --Anka Muhlstein, author of "Monsieur Proust's Library" "Bewitching, charming." --"Elle" (France) "DEborah LEvy-Bertherat has a bright literary future." --"Lire " "A novel rich in reflections on identity, memory, and the power of fiction." --"Le Figaro" "A novel one reads in one sitting that brings us back to the time when traveling meant opening a book." --"Le Libraire "(Quebec) ""The Travels of Daniel Ascher "is about the power of stories, particularly the ones we tell about ourselves. Within its svelte form, the novel packs in a love story (several actually), a family story, a war story, a mystery, a travelogue, and even a convincingly imagined children's adventure series. All these strands weave together beautifully in this deftly plotted and deeply moving novel." --Gabrielle Zevin, author of "The Fabled Life of A.J. Fikry" "A startling, beautifully written novel that starts as a stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens and ends in a plunge into the dark, mysterious world of wartime Paris. A real thriller." --Anka Muhlstein, author of "Monsieur Proust's Library" "Bewitching, charming." --"Elle" (France) "Deborah Levy-Bertherat has a bright literary future." --"Lire " "A novel rich in reflections on identity, memory, and the power of fiction." --"Le Figaro" "A novel one reads in one sitting that brings us back to the time when traveling meant opening a book." --"Le Libraire "(Quebec) "A startling, beautifully written novel that starts as a stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens and ends in a plunge into the dark, mysterious world of wartime Paris. A real thriller." --Anka Muhlstein, author of "Monsieur Proust's Library" "Bewitching, charming." --"Elle" (France) "Deborah Levy-Bertherat has a bright literary future." --"Lire " "A novel rich in reflections on identity, memory, and the power of fiction." --"Le Figaro" "A novel one reads in one sitting that brings us back to the time when traveling meant opening a book." --"Le Libraire "(Quebec) "Bewitching, charming." --"Elle" (France) "Deborah Levy-Bertherat has a bright literary future." --"Lire " "A novel rich in reflections on identity, memory, and the power of fiction." --"Le Figaro" "A novel one reads in one sitting that brings us back to the time when traveling meant opening a book." --"Le Libraire "(Quebec)

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