The Nowhere Man in One of the 20th Century's Great Tragedies
Forshaw, Barry, The Independent (London, England)
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Certain books, such as The Ghost of Munich, arrive with an element of pre-sold success. The novel is to be filmed by the Czech director Milos Forman (Amadeus), from a screenplay by the country's ex-president Vaclav Havel. Benamou hardly needs these prestigious midwives; he already moves in rarefied circles. His biography of Franois Mitterrand created a furore in France (the author was an intimate of the late president), and Nicolas Sarkozy has hired Benamou as a cultural adviser.
These impressive connections would count for little if he were not able to deliver the goods as a writer. The Ghost of Munich is proof that he can cannily combine the "high concept" novel with a talent for historical fiction. The book's theme is the betrayal of Czechoslovakia at the Munich conference in 1938. This was, of course, the occasion from which Neville Chamberlain produced the piece of paper guaranteeing "peace in our time" - an ignominy he was never to live down, as Hitler began to cut a bloody swathe …
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Publication information: Article title: The Nowhere Man in One of the 20th Century's Great Tragedies. Contributors: Forshaw, Barry - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: October 22, 2008. Page number: 18. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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