On 27 October 1949, a Lockheed Constellation passenger plane left Paris for New York.
Hours later, it disappeared on approach to its scheduled stopover in the Azores.
It was found on a mountainside five miles from its intended landing zone.
There were no survivors. Among those lost in the accident were heavyweight boxer Marcel Cerdan flying to New York for a world title fight; 30-year-old virtuoso violinist Ginette Neveu; Kay Kamen, Walt Disney's merchandising tsar; five Basque shepherds emigrating to America; a pilot who ran missions for the Free French during the war. Constellation tells the untold true stories of the forty-eight men and women who died on board, and paints a moving portrait of their place in the changing post-war world and of their hopes and dreams for the life awaiting them across the Atlantic. Adrien Bosc's magnetic debut novel is a memorial to an air disaster that happened half a century ago.
But it is also a love song to the forgotten lives that every tragedy scatters around it like so much debris, and a poignant investigation into the nature of collective tragedy.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/08/2016
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781781255360
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