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Horizontal Collaboration by Navie & Carol Maurel

Genre: Graphic Novel
Source: Random Things
Ratings: 5/5

About The Book

Horizontal Collaboration is a term used to describe the sexual and romantic relationships that some French women had with members of the occupying German forces during World War II. In this poignant, female-centered graphic novel created by writer/artist duo Carole Maurel and Mademoiselle Navie, the taboo of
sleeping with the enemy is explored through the story of a passionate, and forbidden, affair. In June 1942, married Rose (whose husband is a prisoner of war) intervenes in the detainment of her Jewish friend and then accidentally embarks on a secret relationship with the investigating German officer, Mark. There is only one step between heroism and treason, and it’s often a dangerous one. Inside an apartment building on Paris’s 11th arrondissement, little escapes the notice of the blind husband of the concierge. Through his sightless but all-knowing eyes, we learn of Rose and Mark’s hidden relationship, and also of the intertwined stories and problems of the other tenants, largely women and children, who face such complex issues as domestic violence, incest, and prostitution. This fascinating graphic novel tackles the still-sensitive topic of who it is acceptable to love, and how, and the story’s drama is brought vividly to life by intimate and atmospheric illustrations.

My Thoughts

I don’t normally read “Graphic Novels”, not because I don’t like it, but because I really don’t know where to find the good ones or to have a good variety to search on.
Horizontal Collaboration is a complex and realistic story that will stay with you for a long time; the emotional charge of the story told with some really beautiful illustrations have stolen my heart. It’s always surprising how an illustration can make you feel so many emotions and sensations without a simple word; simply take a look at this…

This is the story of some characters living on a building in Paris on 1942; how their lives are all connected. It’s curious because even if they all have their own secrets they all respect and take care of each other.
Since the beginning you suspect that this will not be a happy ending story, but after you read it, you understand that their acts are not a result of jealousy or angriness, they are a result of care and preservation. It may not seem that way when you just finish the story, but with a cold mind you can understand almost all the actions, even if the results ended dramatically bad.
This book will be on my top ten this year, I loved every page of it; I don’t want to make any spoilers or to tell too much about it. Take a chance to Horizontal Collaboration it is worth every page!

About The Authors

Carole Maurel cut her teeth on animated films before devoting herself to illustration, in particular, graphic novels. Her 2017 book The Apocalypse According to Magda was awarded the Artémisia Avenir award, which celebrates women in comics.
Navie is a screenwriter for press, cinema and television. She has a degree in history from The Sorbonne in Paris, where she specialized in the history of fascism – making Horizontal Collaboration an excellent fit for her first graphic novel.