Catel et Bocquet retracent le destin de la fascinante Joséphine Baker dans un magnifique roman (bio)graphique tout en noir et blanc. En 500 pages, les auteurs nous dévoilent toutes les facettes de cette femme emplie de convictions : muse de nombreux artistes, militante contre la ségrégation raciale, agent du contre-espionnage de la France Libre, mère adoptive d’une douzaine d’enfants venus d’horizons divers… elle était décidément bien plus qu’une danseuse de cabaret affublée d’une ceinture de bananes...
Berlin, 1940. Seduced by a German woman and beguiled by Hitler's promise to guarantee the independence of Quebec, a Montreal journalist lends his voice to the Nazi propaganda machine.
Forty years later, Christopher Chénier discovers he is the son of a singular man who saved the life of Winston Churchill and played a decisive role in the destiny of the Führer. Was his father a hero or a traitor? Who was the enigmatic Lizbeth, his mother?
Perhaps the answers lie aboard the Helgoland, the boat intended to carry the Führer away from his enemies, now moored in the Baie des Chaleurs, off the east coast of Canada. Christopher Chénier undertakes a perilous journey in search of these dead people who gave him life.
Here is an amazing tale of love that plays out against the backdrop of a larger drama. It is a wild and fascinating story, an unsettling read from beginning to end.
The novelty of Hitler's Boat is twofold. The retrospectives at opposition in the story are German and Canadian, and these bring to life a fantasy of espionage rather than one of tragedy. The playful style serves as a counterpoint to the depth of the theme and gives its own originality to the novel. -Gabrielle Pascal, literary critic at Le Devoir