Legacy of War

by James J. Raciti



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 26/09/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 520
ISBN : 9781410793225

About the Book

Legacy of War is about people whose lives were touched, often seriously affected and sometimes destroyed by the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War in France.  This novel is about Michael O’Donnell, a college student from NYU who decides to study in France for all the wrong reasons-to be with a girl, to get away from his domineering Irish-American family, and because he had nothing better to do.  He settles in the university town of Grenoble and begins to learn about the role the patriots of Vercors Mountains played during the Second World War.  He meets two young women, very different in upbringing, education and financial means.  Odile is the daughter of a wealthy French educator; Maite is the daughter of a Spanish republican intellectual who escaped Franco’s invasion of Barcelona.  Michael surprises himself with a genuine desire to learn about the French concentration camps which housed the Spanish refugees, first to please the dark-eyed Maite but soon for his own purposes.  Odile’s father, Paul Belmont, hires Michael to teach at his private college in the mountains.  It is here that Michael begins to understand how so many lives were ruined by the terrible legacy of wars.  It is here that Michael learns a dark secret that almost cost him his life.

About the Author

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. James Raciti has spent more than twenty-five years in Europe as an educator.  His graduate degrees in comparative literature from the University of Grenoble in France and the University of Zaragoza in Spain.

He has written two books of poetry: Charles and Dabs of Myself .  He has written and produced two plays: The Song of Roland and Invitation at Dawn.  Legacy of War is his fourth novel.