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FRIEDA (working title)

Christophe Palomar

  • Original Title: FRIEDA
  • Publication date: December 2015
  • Publisher: LIBRERIA UTOPIA
  • Country: IT
  • 350 print pages
  • Epics/Saga

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century, World War I
  • Location setting: Argentina, Austria, Germany
  • Themes: FAMILY, Intergenerational, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Totalitarian regime, War and other conflicts, LOVE / HATE, Passion

Pitch

A family saga of love, passion, solitude and betrayal, from pre-Great War Germany to Buenos Aires in the 30s, told in first person by Joachim von Tilly of Hanover, whose great love is Frieda von Richthofen, daughter of a German officer, cousin of the Red Baron and muse of D.H. Lawrence.

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The book was published in a few hundred copies in 2015 attracting the attention of reviewers, getting into the selection for the Campiello prize, but eventually being withdrawn because of the low print run. Now, Ponte alle Grazie is relaunching this author with an international flavour.

Born in Alsace (France) to an Italian father and a Spanish mother, Christophe Palomar grew up in Tunis. He studied at the HEC in Paris and at Bocconi and began a career as a manager that led him to travel continuously and to write almost always at night. He now divided his time between consulting for companies and literature. His books include FRIEDA, LASCIARE TRIESTE (2017), and a piece in the collective book OCCHI MEDITERRANEI (2019).

Summary

The Frieda who gives the title to this surprising novel is Frieda von Richthofen, daughter of a German officer, cousin of the Red Baron and muse of D.H. Lawrence, the brilliant author of LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER. A woman with an exceptional personality, she is the great source of inspiration and passion of the protagonist and narrative voice of the novel, Joachim von Tilly. The scion of a family of German counts, he seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps at the head of the family steelworks. In the beauty of Capri in the early twentieth century, Joachim nevertheless felt the possibility of another life. Then begins an endless escape for him, dotted with encounters, loves, hopes and betrayals. An escape that takes him from Vienna and Berlin to Buenos Aires, where answers to the many questions left open await him. Through the life of Joachim, Palomar gives us a large and original saga set between the decline of the Belle Époque, the swirling twenties and the collapse of Nazism.


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  • Author’s biography

    Born in Alsace (France) to an Italian father and a Spanish mother, Christophe Palomar grew up in Tunis. He studied at the HEC in Paris and at Bocconi and began a career as a manager that led him to travel continuously and to write almost always at night. He now divided his time between consulting for companies and literature. His books include FRIEDA, LASCIARE TRIESTE (2017), and a piece in the collective book OCCHI MEDITERRANEI (2019).