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Horizontal Collaboration
Horizontal Collaboration

Horizontal Collaboration

By Naive , Illustrated by Carole Maurel


144 Pages, 7 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $27.95 (US $27.95) (CA $37.95)

Publication Date: August 2019

ISBN 9781912740017

Rights: US, CA & CAR

Korero Press (Aug 2019)

Price: $27.95


A feminist graphic novel showing a dangerous World War II romance between a Frenchwoman and a German soldier

"Horizontal Collaboration" is a term used to describe the sexual and romantic relationships that some French women had with members of the occupying German forces during World War II. In this poignant, female-centered graphic novel created by writer/artist duo Carole Maurel and Mademoiselle Navie, the taboo of "sleeping with the enemy" is explored through the story of a passionate, and forbidden, affair. In June 1942, married Rose (whose husband is a prisoner of war) intervenes in the detainment of her Jewish friend and then accidentally embarks on a secret relationship with the investigating German officer, Mark. There is only one step between heroism and treason, and it's often a dangerous one. Inside an apartment building on Paris's 11th arrondissement, little escapes the notice of the blind husband of the concierge. Through his sightless but all-knowing eyes, we learn of Rose and Mark's hidden relationship, and also of the intertwined stories and problems of the other tenants, largely women and children, who face such complex issues as domestic violence, incest, and prostitution. This fascinating graphic novel tackles the still-sensitive topic of who it is acceptable to love, and how, and the story's drama is brought vividly to life by intimate and atmospheric illustrations.


"What gives these intertwining tales their power is how they make a reader re-evaluate the notion of love as well as betrayal." — Rogues Portal

"We all know how important it is to expand our horizons. I felt like that's what I was doing by engaging with Carol Maurel's art." — Pop Culture Squad

"Navie and Maurel have opened a critical and important door for discussion and public dialogue, and produced a gorgeous graphic novel in the process." — PopMatters

"Extraordinary...the book is a beauty to gaze upon." — Multiversity Comics

"This historical thriller has really stuck with me."— Pop Culture Squad

Author Biography

Navie is a writer for the press, cinema, and television. She has a history degree from The Sorbonne in Paris, France, where she specialized in the history of fascism.Carole Maurel is a prolific artist who has worked in animation cinema, publishing, and as a graphic novelist. Her 2017 book The Apocalypse According to Magda was awarded France's Artémisia Avenir award.