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By Navie. Art by Carole Maurel. "Horizontal Collaboration" is a term used to describe the sexual and romantic relationships that some French women had with members of the occupying German forces during World War II. In this poignant, female-centered graphic novel created by writer/artist duo Carole Maurel and Mademoiselle Navie, the taboo of "sleeping with the enemy" is explored through the story of a passionate, and forbidden, affair. In June 1942, Rose (whose husband is a prisoner of war) intervenes in the detainment of her Jewish friend and then accidentally embarks on a secret relationship with the investigating German officer. There is only one step between heroism and treason, and it's often a dangerous one.

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"Horizontal Collaboration" is a term used to describe the sexual and romantic relationships that some French women had with members of the occupying German forces during World War II. In this poignant, female-centered graphic novel created by writer/artist duo Carole Maurel and Mademoiselle Navie, the taboo of "sleeping with the enemy" is explored through the story of a passionate, and forbidden, affair. In June 1942, married Rose (whose husband is a prisoner of war) intervenes in the detainment of her Jewish friend and then accidentally embarks on a secret relationship with the investigating German officer, Mark. There is only one step between heroism and treason, and it's often a dangerous one.

Inside an apartment building in Paris’s 11th arrondissement, little escapes the notice of the blind husband of the concierge. Through his sightless but all-knowing eyes, we learn of Rose and Mark’s hidden relationship, and also of the intertwined stories and problems of the other tenants, largely women and children, who face such complex issues as domestic violence, incest, and prostitution. This fascinating graphic novel tackles the still-sensitive topic of who it is acceptable to love, and how, and the story's drama is brought vividly to life by intimate and atmospheric illustrations.

Navie is a screenwriter for press, cinema, and television. She has a history degree from The Sorbonne, where she specialized in the history of fascism. Carole Maurel is a prolific artist who has worked in animation cinema, publishing (as a storyboard artist), and as a graphic novelist. Her 2017 book, The Apocalypse According to Magda, was awarded the Artémisia Avenir award.

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Item Code HORIZH
Publisher Korero Press
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781912740017
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 144pg
Color Full Color
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