Children of Freedom
Children of Freedom

Children of Freedom

We are all somebody’s stranger.

This is the story of a group of adolescents who were part of a Resistance Brigade during World War II. Barely twenty years of age, many of them were immigrants. What united them was their indestructible belief that freedom was worth fighting for – that one day Spring would return.

In Children of Freedom, Marc Levy captures the everyday life of Jeannot and his fellow members of the 35th Brigade. This group was based out of Toulouse and it succeeded in resisting the occupying forces, the local militia and collaborating Frenchmen. From the very first page to the last, the reader is torn between the hope that the heroes will survive, and the knowledge that their death is almost inevitable. Fast paced, profoundly moving, this novel leaves the reader with the sweet and lingering taste of a playful smile, long after it is finished.

This novel is based on a true story. The 35th Brigade did exist and it was made up of adolescents, many of whom cried “vive la France” with a foreign accent. One of the members of the Brigade was Marc Levy’s father. His code name was Jeannot.

Type : roman
Publication date : 2007/05/4
EAN Paperback : 9782221107133
EAN Ebook : 9782361320119
Publishers : Robert Laffont | Versilio

What readers are saying

presse
10.05.2007

“A bestseller with a powerful social message. The light that it shines on the foreign contribution to the French Resistance is reason enough to rejoice over The Children of Freedom.”

Le Temps
presse
10.05.2007

“Frequently moving, often funny, Children of Freedom is imbued with lightness, not naivety—the children who were thrown into that terrifying adult world could hardly have remained naive. This is a tale of the highest order, a testament to those young heroes, which does not overstate their state of mind, their courage, their occasional recklessness, and the survival instinct to which they held so dearly. To tell a story about the desire to resist worthy of their memory: this is Marc Levy’s great achievement.”

Le Monde
presse
10.05.2007

“This book is overwhelming. The deeply moving story of a league of extraordinary teenagers, refusing to submit despite starving to death—their naivety and valour, humility and heroism brilliantly portrayed by Marc Levy.”

Elle
presse
10.05.2007

“Rich, refreshingly original and complex, yet lifted by its writing, The Children of Freedom holds the reader in a permanent state of tension. It also conveys a powerful message of tolerance.”

Le Parisien
presse
10.05.2007

“This is a serious and powerful portrayal of the young Jewish freedom fighters who were thrown into the horrors of the Second World War. A poignant homage to brotherhood.”

Télé 7 jours
presse
10.05.2007

“Marc Levy pays homage to his father in this moving, hope-filled book.”

Version Femina
presse
10.05.2007

“This is a story about resistance fighters that goes further than mere fiction and becomes a book about real people… It depicts a world free of cynicism, filled with an absolute faith in love and justice. Marc Levy’s books speak to the heart. His global success shows that his story is universal.”

Paris Match
presse
10.05.2007

“The facts are available to everyone but the author has filled in the gaps of this story with his creative imagination, inventing conversations and making the characters three-dimensional and provocative. This is a beautiful homage to the foreigners who took refuge in France and ended up fighting for the country’s freedom.”

RTL
presse
10.05.2007

“This Children of Freedom is both a son’s declaration of love for his father, and a man’s declaration of respect for the young freedom fighters who battled the Nazis with an extraordinary level of courage that bordered on recklessness.”

L’Express
presse
10.05.2007

“The most beautiful story so far by the bestselling writer.”

Femina
presse
10.05.2007

“A serious, profound and deeply researched novel, emotionally intense and cinematically laid out. The Children of Freedom is an extended plea for brotherhood, the spirit of revolution, and the unity of mankind. Without resorting to pathos, Marc Levy has written a great novel that is at once popular, lyrical and overwhelming in its sincerity.”

La Provence

International publications

Vabaduse lapsed
Vabaduse lapsed
Eesti Ajalehed
Estonia
自由的孩子
自由的孩子
Hunan
China
Os filhos da liberdade
Os filhos da liberdade
Record
Brazil
Los hijos de la libertad
Los hijos de la libertad
Rocabolsillo
Spain
Os Filhos da Liberdade
Os Filhos da Liberdade
Contraponto
Portugal
I figli della libertà
I figli della libertà
Rizzoli
Italy
Copiii libertăţii
Copiii libertăţii
Trei
Romania
Những đứa con của tự do
Những đứa con của tự do
Nha Nam
Vietnam
The Children of Freedom
The Children of Freedom
Harper Collins
United Kingdom
Dzieci wolności
Dzieci wolności
Albatros
Poland
Marc Levy, photographie de David Ken

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