The Paper Man by David James Roberts
Inspired by True Events
About the author and book summary:
Tacoma based author, David James Roberts, recently published his debut novel, “The Paper Man,” through Kitsap County-based publishing house, Blue Forge Press. The book, which is inspired by true events, centers around the last days of Matthias Sindelar, who was arguably the greatest soccer player of his generation. He won numerous championships and even represented his nation, Austria, in the second World Cup. He was immortalized, however, not for his playing ability, but instead for his defiance of his nation’s conqueror, Adolf Hitler. Mere months after Austria was taken over by Germany, Matthias, and his fiancee, died under mysterious circumstance. The actual cause of death is still questioned to this day.
Author, journalist, and documentarian David James Roberts explores those last days and mysteries surrounding it inside the pages of “The Paper Man.” He wrote the book as a personal challenge to himself during NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month in 2018. The book is already garnering interest from some production companies to turn Roberts’ story into a feature film.
More about the story:
Matthias Sindelar was arguably the greatest soccer player of his generation. He won numerous trophies for his club and country, and as Captain of Austria, he led the National Team on an unprecedented unbeaten streak and even represented his nation in the World Cup. He was immortalized, however, not for his playing ability, but instead for his defiance of his nation's conqueror, Adolf Hitler. Mere months after Austria was absorbed inside of Germany's borders, Matthias died under mysterious circumstances. The cause of his death—and that of his fiancée who died with him—is still questioned to this day.