"La Sylphide" Vol. 1: Family Saga

by Madelaine Chaproll

Paperback(2nd ed.)

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"La Sylphide" is a family saga in the best sense of the word. The story begins after the Second World War in Transylvania - now a region in Romania where Germans settled several centuries ago - and continues to the present day in Germany. The peculiar title of the novel symbolises the fate of a dancer who was allowed to dance the lead role in this ballet only once. The first volume deals with the history of a Transylvanian-Saxon family whose male members were deported to Russia after the war and who - after the men return - emigrate to a Germany destroyed by bombs. The book provides in-depth insight into bourgeois life in a Transylvanian town: its German inhabitants treasure their heritage but find themselves uprooted by the turmoil of war. They reflect on the country from where their ancestors arrived in this wonderful paradise centuries ago. The main character of the book is in a sense the sylph who sacrifices herself for love. Thus she becomes the symbol of the purest passion that can exist: the devotion of one's life for others.

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ISBN-13: 9781663541628
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 07/28/2020
Series: "La Sylphide" , #1
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 1,194,277
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

About Madeleine Chaproll
Madeleine Chaproll was born a migrant child in Romania. She was five when she first entered an orphanage.
Her life was one of permanent moving: new towns, new boarding homes, new schools. But despite of all this
her childhood was an absolutely ordinary one. The tremendous power of her phantasy could transform even
the saddest moments in her life into joy and hope. She would call herself a blessed child. Books and the study
of ballet and music brought colour and beauty into her life, allowing her to often ignore the grey reality.
She studied at a commercial college and later married an ethnic German engineer, with whom she emigrated
a few years later to Germany. “If with my writing I can induce some people in this world to dream and think
about goodness, then I am happy.”

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