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Author: Bruno Thursday 6 February 2020

In May 1940 Hitler and his soldiers occupied Paris. In a very short time, 100,000 French people died and more than 1.5 million were taken to prison. The roads quickly filled with refugees fleeing southward, and France was in complete shock.  This is how the so-called French resistance was created, a movement that fought against the Nazi occupation of France during World War II.

Xulio Ricardo Trigo has just returned to the publishing market with an excellent novel on this subject: LA NOIA DE LA RESISTÈNCIA (“The Girl of the Resistance”). It is a work that links two periods through two connected stories. The first of these takes place in the nineties, where we meet Meritxell, a successful writer who begins to reflect on the different works she has done throughout her life. She realizes that she knows everything about the stories she has written, but that she knows nothing about her own history, that of her origins. The second story places us in Nazi-occupied Paris in the 1940s. It is here that Anne-Marie, a girl who lives with her parents in a small boarding house, meets Armand, a boy who is trying to flee from the German invaders. Thus, begins a love story in a country at war in which two young people will discover the power of first love.

LA NOIA DE LA RESISTÈNCIA presents a story with some characters who embody the strength of ideals and fight against the monster of fascism. I believe that Trigo perfectly portrays a key period in our history and manages to make us think about our own family roots. Without a doubt, it is a wonderful novel that has been impeccably edited by Columna publishers. I really hope this work ends up occupying a space in the best-seller lists this spring, it deserves it.

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