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Belletristik / Hauptwerk vor 1945
“Beautiful and poignant.” —Allison Pataki, NY Times best-selling author of The Queen’s Fortune
“Moving compassion, humor, and wit.” — Sandra Gulland, author of The Josephine B. Trilogy
With its delightful adaptation of Napoleon Bonaparte’s real attempt to write a novel, Finding Napoleon offers a fresh take on Europe’s most powerful man after he’s lost everything. A forgotten woman of history—the audacious Albine de Montholon—narrates their tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal.
After the defeated Emperor Napoleon goes into exile on tiny St. Helena Island in the remote South Atlantic, he and his lover, Albine de Montholon, plot to escape and rescue his young son. Banding together African slaves, British sympathizers, a Jewish merchant, a Corsican rogue, and French followers, they confront British opposition—as well as treachery within their own ranks—with sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, but always desperate action.
When Napoleon and Albine break faith with one another, ambition and Albine’s husband threaten their reconciliation. To survive, Albine must decide whom to betray. To succeed, Napoleon must learn whom to trust.
Two hundred years after Napoleon’s death, this elegant, richly researched novel reveals the man history conceals.
“Napoleon’s last years, awash in intrigue and poignant with loss . . . this intricate tapestry . . . brings to life the twilight years of a captivating historical figure.” <br>— <i>Kirkus Reviews </i> <br> <br>“Rodenberg inventively uses Bonaparte’s own unfinished novel to tell the story of the despot’s rise to power, which she juxtaposes against the story of his last love affair. Told creatively and with excellent research!” <br> <b>—Stephanie Dray, <i>New York Times</i> & <i>USA Today</i> best-selling author of <i>America’s First Daughter</i> and <i>The Women of Chateau Lafayette </i></b> <br> <br>“Napoleon Bonaparte’s life was an incredible, inspiring, and ultimately tragic epic. In <i>Finding Napoleon</i>, readers enter deep into both the beginning and the end of that exceptional drama as Margaret Rodenberg brings to life the inner circle of the ailing emperor as he spends his final years in exile on the remote island of St Helena. No one is more qualified to tell this sweeping tale than Margaret Rodenberg—her research is in a league of its own, and her writing is beautiful and poignant.” <br> <b>—Allison Pataki, <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author of <i>The Queen’s Fortune</i></b> <br> <br>“From the first words, <i>Finding Napoleon</i> by Margaret Rodenberg enchanted me. Exceptionally well researched, the writing is vibrant, the details evocative. The story of Napoleon's final years is conveyed with moving compassion, humor, and wit. I love Margaret Rodenberg'
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