Fugitive Colors: A Novel

· Simon and Schuster
6 reviews

About this ebook

“Paints a vivid picture of the era and the effects Hitler’s interest in art had on both artists and Europe in general . . . a new take on Nazi Germany.” —Kirkus Reviews

Winner of The Hollywood Film Festival’s Opus Magnum Discovery Award

Winner of the IPPY gold medal for Best Literary Fiction 2014

An accidental spy, Julian Klein, an idealistic American artist, leaves his religious upbringing for the artistic freedom of Paris in the early 1930s. Once he arrives in the “City of Light,” he meets a young German artist, Felix von Bredow, whose larger-than-life personality overshadows his inferior artistic ability, and the handsome and gifted artist Rene Levi, whose colossal talent will later serve to destroy him. The trio quickly becomes best friends, inseparable, until two women get in the way—Rene’s girlfriend with whom Julian secretly falls in love, and a stunning artist’s model who manages to bring great men to their knees.

Artistic and romantic jealousies abound, as the characters play out their passions against the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power. Felix returns to Berlin, where his father, a blue-blooded Nazi, is instrumental in creating the master plan to destroy Germany’s modern artists, and seeks his son’s help. Bolstered by vengeance, Felix will lure his friends to Germany, an ill-fated move, which will forever change their lives. Twists and turns, destruction and obsession, loss and hope will keep you up at night, as you journey from Chicago to Paris, Berlin to New York. Believe Booklist when it raves, “Masterfully conceived and crafted, Barr’s dazzling debut novel has it all: passion and jealousy, intrigue and danger.”
6 reviews
Third-party review
Fugitive Colors. Lisa Barr. 2013. I knew that Hitler and his crew hated modern art and destroyed as much as they could as they were taking art they liked from museums, castles, and people, especially ...
Third-party review
Fugitive Colors is a story about art, painters, love, revenge and redemption. The story takes place just prior to WWII and is about a group of painters that live and paint in Paris. An American ...
Third-party review
Barr's take on early Nazi Germany provides a different perspective in this foray into the pre-World War II period.Julian moves to Paris after escaping a past that has repressed his artistic identity ...

About the author

Lisa Barr has been a journalist for more than twenty years. Among her career highlights, she has served as an editor for the Jerusalem Post, covering Middle East politics, lifestyle, and terrorism in Jerusalem. She later became managing editor of Moment magazine in Washington, DC, and a staff reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her website and blog, GIRLilla Warfare: A Mom’s Guide to Surviving the Suburban Jungle, was launched in the spring of 2012. She, her husband, and three daughters live in Deerfield, Illinois.

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