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Author: Lisa Barr
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
From distinctly different backgrounds with a common, idealistic passionate love for art, the three swiftly become friends as Julian is convinced by the others to leave art school and study expressionist art with them under a local artist. This decision made at the beginning of WW11 confronts Julian with the question of “to what lengths would I go for a friend?”
Felix’s dark jealousy
fuels resentment of the artistic talent of both Rene and Julian
putting the young artists in terrifying situations as Hitler’s fury
explodes. Felix joins his high-ranking Nazi father in believing
that Germany was “being lost to Jews, Bolsheviks, degenerate
artists and immoral writers” and because Julian and Rene are Jewish
artists, Felix reminds them that as Jewish artists, they "will
be hit twice as hard.” Quickly and dramatically this
pronouncement becomes reality as the Nazis begin to rape Europe of
its great art and move towards the eradication of anyone who does not
fit their stereotype understanding of Aryan racial purity.
Fugitive Colors is a compelling, complex and emotionally-charged historical novel about art, artists and Jews caught in the spider’s web of Nazi persecution; and a story about the courageous men and women who kept meticulous inventories of stolen artwork during WW11.
It is a story about three men: Julian, Rene and Felix and four women: Adrienne (artist and Rene’s girlfriend); Charlotte (the artists’ model and muse who simultaneously inspired and destroyed men); Olivia (Charlotte’s daughter); and Helen (Felix’s mother who recognizes her husband and son’s intention to destroy all art that did not conform to the Aryan ideal). Undergirding every plot and sub-plot is the question: “How far would I go to save the art of others.” As Hitler’s campaign against ‘degenerative art’ escalates, Julian finds himself catapulted into a secret life and ultimately, in Dachau with Rene where they encounter Felix in full Nazi dress and power.
In today’s global violence and unspeakable acts of terror because of a perception of ‘religious purity,’ this is a timely and gripping must-read where Rene’s words spoken in a time and place become an important mantra for all: “They can control everything, Julian, but not your thoughts. Never forget that.”
Lisa Barr has tackled a controversial and difficult subject with skill, tenacity and imagination based-on-fact in a roller coaster ride, full of sinister twists-and-turns of horrific betrayals, sacrifice, secrets, religious and artistic persecution - and a surprising unexpected act of kindness. What next, Lisa Barr? Your audience eagerly awaits.