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Volume One



Volume One:

Things Fall Apart



June 28th, 1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and his wife Sophie are assassinated by a Bosnian-Serb nationalist while visiting Sarajevo. From these first stones will come an avalanche that takes all Europe with it.

Henri and Philomene have a quiet family life in a village in northern France. Philomene is looking forward to the end, next year, of Captain Henri’s years as an active reserve officer, while Henri at times misses the military career he gave up in favor of family life.

Walter is a young metalworker torn between solidarity with his fellow workers, who are struggling to organize, in a Berlin bicycle factory and the lure of an offer to become a foreman.

Raised in a convent school for natural daughters of gentlemen, Natalie is sent to work as governess to a celebrated surgeon’s family in Kiev.

Jozef is trapped by his mother’s ambitions for him to make a career in the Austro-Hungarian civil service.

The outbreak of the Great War seems to offer escape for some, disruption for others and changes all their lives irrevocably.


Table of Contents

Part I

1. (Henri & Philomene)
Chapter 1.1
Chapter 1.2
Chapter 1.3
Chapter 1.4

2. (Walter)
Chapter 2.1
Chapter 2.2
Chapter 2.3

3. (Natalie)
Chapter 3.1
Chapter 3.2
Chapter 3.3

4. (Jozef)
Chapter 4.1
Chapter 4.2
Chapter 4.3
Chapter 4.4

5. (Walter)
Chapter 5.1
Chapter 5.2
Chapter 5.3
Chapter 5.4

6. (Henri & Philomene)
Chapter 6.1
Chapter 6.2
Chapter 6.3

7. (Jozef)
Chapter 7.1
Chapter 7.2
Chapter 7.3

8. (Natalie)
Chapter 8.1
Chapter 8.2
Chapter 8.3
Chapter 8.4


Part II

9. (Walter)
Chapter 9.1
Chapter 9.2
Chapter 9.3
Chapter 9.4

10. (Philomene)
Chapter 10.1
Chapter 10.2
Chapter 10.3

11. (Henri)
Chapter 11.1
Chapter 11.2
Chapter 11.3
Chapter 11.4
Chapter 11.5

12. (Walter)
Chapter 12.1
Chapter 12.2
Chapter 12.3

Part III

13. (Natalie)
Chapter 13.1
Chapter 13.2
Chapter 13.3

14. (Jozef)
Chapter 14.1
Chapter 14.2

15. (Philomene)
Chapter 15.1
Chapter 15.2
Chapter 15.3

16. (Jozef)
Chapter 16.1
Chapter 16.2
Chapter 16.3

17. (Natalie)
Chapter 17.1
Chapter 17.2
Chapter 17.3
Chapter 17.4

18. (Henri)
Chapter 18

19. (Walter)
Chapter 19

20. (Philomene)
Chapter 20