The Weeping and the Laughter

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This story describes the dramatic lives of Prince Dmitri Korolev and his family caught up in the upheavals of European revolution and war. They flee Russia in 1919, escape to Switzerland and then Paris, but, with the Second World War, they come under further pressure from the Communist police. The author worked for many years in Paris as a foreign correspondent and wrote several novels including "Tanamera", "A Farewell to France", "A Woman of Cairo" and "The Other Side of Paradise".

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Noel Barber has enchanted millions of readers with his six bestselling novels. In these powerfully exotic novels he drew upon his own experience as one of the leading foreign correspondents from the 40s to the 60s working on the Daily Mail. He was the first Briton to reach the South Pole since Scott, was stabbed five times while covering the wars in Morocco and was shot during the Hungarian uprising. He died in 1988.

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The veteran British writer's new novel (after The Other Side of Paradise ) is a sweeping saga that details the uneven fortunes of an aristocratic Russian family. Forced to flee their native country in 1919, the Korolev family is separated at the border in a bloody skirmish with revolutionaries. Twelve-year-old Nicki, his half-sister Galina and his father Prince Dmitri are the fortunate survivors who establish themselves in Paris and, with the aid of their Swiss bank account, become moderately influential in the cultural and political events of the '30s and '40s. Nicki finds a job handling Russian affairs in France for the Red Cross. Galina achieves international stardom as a ballerina; colorful scenes cover the Ballet Russe's formative years, with Diaghilev and Balanchine at the helm. Emotional reunions with lost family members are inevitable. Nicki's aunt Olga suddenly reappears in the 1920s with a child she claims is her adopted daughter and Rudi, Nicki's twin, is found after the war in a prison camp. Though he uses some weary plot lines that verge on the comic (separation of twins, a search for long-lost family jewels, an infant's mysterious identity) Barber gives them unexpected twists and, with a fine eye for period detail, tells a lively and absorbing story.
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