The Forger, the Spy and the bomb Maker Alex Capus Review

Alex Capus loves to ferret out people who are not necessarily acted in the center of the great world history, but played a not entirely insignificant same role in their border areas or simply “it was.” Your time testimony makes it interesting – as well as their Vita and her character. Hardworking the author bears sometimes scanty information on their resumes together, and then reconstructing their biographies. Despite intensive research certainly plenty of remaining substantive gaps filled or it bridges on inimitable footed, charming way with wit and witty inspirations.

Finally, we were able to use this method in the small booklet “Skidoo” goutieren, told in the Capus as a Oltener fellow citizen from earlier days, Louis Munzinger went about the tracks – more precisely nachritt, on a camel through the Wild West.

In his latest novel, (inappropriate lurid) entitled “the counterfeiters who spy and the bomb maker “chats Capus now from the life of the same three persons of contemporary history the counterfeiters .

Emile Gilliéron (1885-1939) has the same name as his father, the was in. Villeneuve was born on lake Geneva, studied art in Munich, moved to Athens in 1877 and was the right hand of the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. after his death, Arthur Evans hired him for his excavations at Knossos in Crete, and the drawing talented son equal to it. They are the bricks and paint residues, which he dusted down the millennia, prepare visually attractive to the interested public world. The two serve however not only the noble science, but also increase their own fame and wealth by upgrading the fragments of frescoes at will artistically free, statues and the like reproduce and sell to museums and collectors around the world.

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< strong> spy : Laura d’Oriano (1911-1943) was born in Constantinople Opel as the daughter of an Italian musician and a Chansonneuse. As a teenager she decided to become a singer, but for their talent is not enough really. The well-traveled artist family eventually moved to Marseille where Laura 1931 marries a Swiss and thus a Swiss citizen is. But she is not happy as a mother and wife, leaving 1,935 men and their two daughters. After the occupation of France pulls that is a foreigner so, from Paris to the south of France and is recruited there as a spy for the Allies. After actions in France and Italy it is unmasked there, arrested in 1943 sentenced to death and shot in Rome by a special command, the only woman in the Kingdom of Italy. Not much is known about them, but in 2009, Swiss television SF1 went with her daughter Anna Keller in search of clues. The consequential documentary “Laura D’Oriano – the mysterious Swiss spy” may also saw Capus and have been inspired

The bomb maker : Felix. Bloch (1905-1983), a Swiss. He studied mathematics and physics in Zurich, then continued his training with Werner Heisenberg continued in Leipzig. In 1934 he emigrated to the United States. At Stanford University, he received the first chair of theoretical physics. The physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer wins it for his participation in the Manhattan-secret project that the construction of the atomic bomb to the target. But in November 1943 leaving Bloch Los Alamos, where the most expensive research firm is ever at home. What motives guided him? These Bloch left no records. But he sees well that Nazi Germany has been cut off in the arms race. He goes back to Stanford and conducts research on magnetism of the atomic nucleus. In 1952 he gets together with Edward Mills Purcell the Nobel Prize for physics.

A product of the research Bloch and Purcell is the magnetic resonance tomograph which is an indispensable part of medical diagnostics today.What these three so different people should unite in a light novel, and why? to do with each other, neither their characters nor their professions nor their missions or anything else on or in them; they share no size, no tragedy of their fates together. Alone Capus’ literary freedom unites them, and so he makes them, which are certainly never met each other, perhaps not once knew each other, to be simultaneously present at an unspecified day in early November 1924 at the Zurich train station before their paths influenced again diverge as the railways the countless tiny Materiebausteinchen were in a particle accelerator.

on the way, all three in 1924. As a thirteen-year travels gen Marseille with her parents to finally start there a law teres life. Emile Gilliéron, 39, brings the ashes of his dead father back to its birthplace Villeneuve to her as he had promised to scatter in the lake. Graduate Felix Bloch to study mechanical engineering, but he wants under any circumstances. it is just six years ago that the World War II Europe wore down, and Felix has enough read in the newspapers about what happened at the front, what the mighty modern machinery – tanks, planes, guns – wreaked. He is also become a pacifist and he wants to study something beautiful, useless, which is “incorporate” no killing machine … But he does not want to risk a rift with the Father also. Long he pondered over his dilemma, and in fact he can even run anything other than math, physics and chemistry. Now he is on his way to Zurich in order to enroll at the ETH for mechanical engineering.

“It would be a chance” when even the looks of these three travelers had met in the night Bahnhofstrasse, but “I wish it,” Capus decides and makes it happen: Emile has just reached in time its slow train to Villeneuve, than on the other platform of the elegant dark blue and gold Orient Express enters. On the podium of the last car sits a “blond teenager” and yawning uncontrollably. While the image is removed, Emile makes his thoughts on the scene: It is certain the girl Stubborn, has quarreled with her parents, she thinks “baboon or amphibians” However, even the “crown of creation”. She does not stop once established, carries too light clothing, should at least hand over his mouth holding yawning … Emile spotted “still so a Type” From the corner of his eye – a young man who “dahinschlurft” between the tracks on goods shed and surely wants to throw himself under a train, “because he too good is bad for the world. Or.” And so the author tells stories magnificently on and on and on …

On the basis of that sexy imaginary encounter, takes along as each of the three protagonists a tiny impression of the other two on his onward journey, we learn in each one of the fourteen chapters new piece of their lives. Capus’ Art is that he wisely facts and compiling competent (we learn a lot about archeology, nuclear physics, politics and contemporary history, oriental culture, engineering, art dealers …), while people in an amusing, slightly ironic, sometimes sarcastic, but always serious and respectful manner portrayed as it was his could . To their circumstances will be spread scenic, beautifully colored ambience, the details bubbled with the smug choice of words. We hear the capricious Laura, as she hums Oriental ballads, while she smokes Egyptian cigarettes. We look at the business-minded painter Emile over his shoulders as he designed on his easel from the puny remnants of old frescoes “a ritual human sacrifice to the bull god of the Minoans” or stylt to “Deckchair beauties”.

Then we walk with him through Villeneuve ( “Small people in a small country with small ideas that build the small towns, small stations and incredibly punctual trains”; “tourism marketing of the postcard idyll brings good money”). We are to Edward Teller, millions of whose laboratories death devised overhear discussions between the physics luminaries of the time of Einstein, Heisenberg and Oppenheimer-making machines, which are still only human: The limousines in Manhattan have “only four wheels, like all cars anywhere in the world “and” the people were people. No reason to get excited. “< What is true, what thought? No matter – Alex Capus anything is possible; he imagines the stop times as before. And we enjoy his biography novels like chocolate cream pie …

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