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An international best seller, winner of four top French awards, based on a true story. For some, he was a villain. For many others, a hero. The life of Joseph Joanovici, a Romanian Jew, his parents murdered in a pogram, who escaped to France in the 1920s and eventually became one of the richest men in Europe. He was a scrap-metal magnate..and far more. Ruthlessly building his business, selling to but also shafting the Nazis in occupied France. Buying the loyalty of criminals, police and Nazis alike...all the while protecting his family and workers.
He was the master at manipulating the occupying Nazis, the French Police, the French Resistance, and even outright criminals to further his empire and to try and stay one step ahead of getting thrown in jail, sent to die in a concentration camp, or just gunned down at a roadside. He managed to hide the fact he was a Jew, working openly with the Nazis, and even had a SS identity card identifying him as a Nazi and an Aryan!
I loved this, and over two nights of reading, could not put it down. It's actually five albums, each 56-62 pages, now all collected into one thick omnibus volume. -Bud
"Thrilling, haunting, superb" -Kirkus Reviews
"Combining cinematographic narrative with graphic skills in the best of the Franco-Belgian tradition, this story in history reveals...the depths of a complex individual and the darkness of a historical conflict." -Thomas Rabino, Marianne
Joseph was a brilliant tactician and manipulator, always aided by his right hand confidant and mistress, the lovely "Iron Lucy," who would do anything for him.
As Germany occupies France, Joseph thinks his influence can keep his family safe, but he soon finds that the only way to stay one step ahead of the Nazis is to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. Though he plays both sides of the fence as a Nazi collaborator and French resister, a tangled web of interests forms around him that proves it will take a lot more than money to pay for the survival of his family.
An international bestseller with over 1 million copies sold, the French series Once Upon a Time in France, collected here in one omnibus edition, has won the BDGest’Arts Best Scenario Award, BDGest’Arts Album of the Year, and Angoulême International Comics Festival Best Series Award, among many others.
Times are grim in World War II France, and many people are profiting from the misery of the occupied French and the needs of the German war machine for steel... And to be a Jew is as good as a death sentence. So how can Joseph pull it all off?
- Additional Information
Item Code ONCUP Publisher Dead Reckoning Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781682474716 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 368pg Color Full Color
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