The Symphony of Monsters
The Symphony of Monsters

The Symphony of Monsters

2023. Set against the backdrop of war, this is an unforgettable story of courage, resilience, and love.

Veronika, a nurse, comes home to discover that her nine-year-old son, Valentyn, has disappeared. She is distraught – as is her daughter, Lilya — they have no idea where Valentyn has been taken or why.

They each embark on a quest to find him – Lilya with the bold recklessness of an adolescent, Veronika with the fearless determination of a mother. But the enemy have eyes and ears everywhere and no one can be trusted. Almost no one.

Hundreds of miles away, behind the scenes, a brilliant and stubborn outlaw is working to help them find Valentyn. Together they will have to confront this Symphony of Monsters, a real-life project that is more terrifying than fiction.

By turns moving and gripping, from the very first page to the last, the reader is rooting for these everyday heroes caught in a Machiavellian plot that is bigger and more sinister than any of them can imagine.

This novel is inspired by true events. The conservative estimate of the number of Ukrainian children kidnapped since Putin’s large scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 is currently 20 000.

Type : roman
Publication date : 2023/10/17
EAN Paperback : 9782221243602
EAN Ebook : 9782361324582
EAN Audiobook : 9791036630200
Publishers : Robert Laffont | Versilio

What readers are saying

presse
15.04.2024

“An extraordinary, moving story. An exciting adventure novel from beginning to end.”

RFM - Bernard Montiel
presse
09.04.2024

“It’s absolutely brilliant.”
Bruce Toussaint

« Bonjour », TF1
presse
22.12.2023

“In his new novel, Marc Levy recounts the quest for freedom of a Ukrainian child deported by the Russians in a story that can be read in one sitting. Unforgettable.”

Le Journal de Montreal
presse
15.01.2024

“A mother’s love and bravery. A thriller all the more shocking for being rooted in reality.”

Nous Deux
presse
18.01.2024

“Out of the battle fought by a mother, a teenage girl, and members of the resistance, the writer read by 50 million has penned a wide-ranging, gripping contemporary novel.”

Marie France
presse
30.11.2023

“A gripping novel. You get caught up in the story and its characters. This breathtaking novel is a battle cry and a warning signal.”

Florence Dalmas, Le Dauphiné libéré
presse
30.11.2023

“A novel straight from the headlines. An extraordinary story written with an effective pen.”

98.5 fm Canada
presse
20.11.2023

“Marc Levy is a master at keeping us at the edge of our seats. It’s fantastic, you won’t be able to stop yourself. A strong, powerful book.”

Télématin
presse
20.11.2023

“The author sets his pen to history as it is being written, through the stories of his characters. Levy’s magic touch? That as we read, we ourselves become Ukrainians.”

Sud-Ouest
presse
20.11.2023

“A novel which evokes the painful fate of this besieged country everywhere, but which never loses its sense of resilience, humanity, and optimism.”

Le Dauphiné
presse
20.11.2023

“Even if the subject matter is heavy, there are these feelings, this humanity that leaves us with a little hope for the future.”

France Bleu
presse
20.11.2023

“The chase is as captivating as it is disturbing.”

VersionFemina
presse
20.11.2023

“Once again, a total success. Get reading!”

France Bleu
presse
20.11.2023

“A geopolitical thriller which resonates with our times. This book is an event in itself, of public utility.”

FranceInfo
presse
20.11.2023

“Marc Levy crafts a terrifying story whose darkness is at times brightened by an unexpected light. The ending is as diabolic as it is shocking.”

ELLE
presse
20.11.2023

“You must read The Symphony of Monsters. It is a novel that perfectly illustrates the power of fiction. This novel can have a heaviness to it – because it is empathetic and effective.”

Le Soir (Belgium)
presse
20.11.2023

“A well-researched piece of contemporary fiction.”

Les Echos
presse
20.11.2023

“A highly topical adventure novel.”

M6
presse
26.10.2023

“A story that you read in one sitting. Moving characters.”

Le Journal de Québec
presse
26.10.2023

“A novel of hope and anger about the deportation of Ukrainian children. A thriller that immerses us in a chilling reality.”

RTBF
presse
26.10.2023

“A diabolical and deeply moving thriller. Constructed like a crime novel, this story can be devoured in one sitting.”

Sandrine Bajos, Le Parisien
presse
26.10.2023

“It’s such a pleasure to meet these Robin Hoods of the 21st century—Vital, Cordelia, and even Maya—and to dive into this absolutely brilliant world.”

Sandrine Bajos, Le Parisien
presse
26.10.2023

“A novel crafted like a true thriller. It’s impossible not to be touched by Marc Levy’s wonderful heroine, an exceptionally courageous mother.”

Bernard Lehut, RTL, Laissez-vous tenter
presse
26.10.2023

“Marc Levy’s novel is grippingly current, with endearing characters and his signature sense of suspense. This one’s a good one.”

Ariane Bois, Psychologies
presse
26.10.2023

“Marc Levy is back, with a masterful novel that is remarkably current.”

Victoria Lasserre, Cosmopolitan
presse
16.10.2023

“A mesmerising book.”

Gillian Tett, The Financial Times
presse
16.10.2023

“The writer skillfully blends reality with his thriller, in which hackers from the Ukrainian digital army will help Valentyn’s mother and sister get the boy back.”

lavie.fr
presse
16.10.2023

“Marc Levy has crafted a storyline that is just right.”

Ariane Chemin, Le Monde
presse
16.10.2023

“An intense and emotional novel.”

Cécile Pivot, Femme Actuelle
presse
16.10.2023

“In The Symphony of Monsters, the author tells the story of Valentyn, a young nine-year-old Ukrainian boy, who has been kidnapped by the Russian authorities. Through this he denounces the chilling reality of the deportation of millions of children.”

Pierre Vavasseur, Le Parisien Week-end

International publications

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Symfonia potworów
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Poland
Marc Levy, photographie de David Ken

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