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Paris Echo, by British nov­el­ist Se­bas­tian Faulks, is one of those rare books that takes com­plex is­sues and turns them into some­thing sim­ple and beau­ti­ful. Set mainly in Paris, Faulks’s novel gives us the story of a young Moroc­can, Tariq, and Han­nah, an Amer­i­can aca­demic. They meet by chance and end up shar­ing a flat for a brief time. Tariq is new to Paris. He has come to es­cape Mo­rocco, at least for a time. Han­nah knows Paris well, but she, too, is try­ing to es­cape her past. Paris be­comes a player in the bi­ogra­phies of both char­ac­ters, help­ing them to un­der­stand not only them­selves, but also the his­tor­i­cal pro­cesses that are part of all our lives. The city has never looked more at­trac­tive than through the eyes of two peo­ple will­ing to take such a jour­ney. Hutchin­son, €13.29. brief [bri:f] kurz

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