The Nazis stole their voices. But they would not be silenced.
A masterful debut novel, The Ventriloquists is a sweeping WWII novel inspired by true events that tells the incredible story of a ragtag gang of resistance fighters who go to extraordinary lengths to publish a satiric newspaper mocking the Reich.
Our story begins in Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by selling newspapers of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. But Helene’s world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network publishing dissident underground newspapers.
Naturally, the Nazis catch on to their schemes and present our freedom fighters with an impossible choice: turn the resistance newspapers into Nazi propaganda that will sway public opinion against the allies, or die.
Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion decides they will pretend to do the Nazis’ bidding, all the while publishing a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin—daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors. The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.
Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and stunning historical detail, E.R. Ramzipoor’s dazzling debut novel illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by time. It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.
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