OUR STORIES

THE JUNE REBELS

Christian Antonini

“THE FASCINATION OF HIDING DOESNT AMOUNT TO MUCH COMPARED TO THE MYSTERY OF COURAGE, ESPECIALLY COURAGE ON BEHALF OF OTHERS”

Shlomo Breznitz, Memory Fields

 

Bordeaux, June 1940. Marian is thirteen and a rebel. He likes playing chess in the city gardens and between running across rooftops and making deals doing favours here and there, he befriends the Portuguese consul Aristides Sousa Mendez. One day he meets Arielle whose family is Jewish and who needs to get to the Portuguese consulate to apply for a visa to get out of France. Nothing will be the same again for Marian, who ends up risking his life to do the right thing. The true story of Aristides Sousa Mendes — Righteous Among the Nations, who saved the lives of 30,000 people in a very short time, using bureaucracy to protect those in danger — told through a children’s adventure story.

* Bordeaux before the arrival of the Nazis, the harbour, the street life: the emotions and actions of a distant, yet all too close period of history. The specter of war and the themes of equality.

* An adventure, action novel based on a true story.

FIRST PUBLISHER: GIUNTI (ITALY), 2019

PAGES: 208

Christian Antonini

Christian is an author, journalist, translator and videogame creator. He lives on Valassina mountains with his family, five cats, a dog and the characters of his novels. In 2016, he published The Berlin Offside which was a finalist for the Bancarellino’s children prize and won Il Gigante della Langhe in 2017. In 2018 the rights of the same book were optioned for a TV series.