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By Ruperto Long. 2016
La estremecedora novela de Ruperto Long surge de una investigación profunda sobre una época en la que confluyeron xenofobias, persecuciones,… guerras y migraciones. Años cuarenta del siglo xx, en un mundo azotado por los conflictos bélicos. Charlotte, una niña belga de ocho años, desaparece de la Lieja ocupada por los nazis, dejando atrás su casa y su infancia feliz. Junto con la familia huye de los perseguidores, viviendo increíbles peripecias y ocultándose en míseros escondites de pueblos y ciudades. Alter, su tío, obligado a desempeñar funciones en uno de los guetos donde Hitler ordena confinar a los judíos #incluidos los padres del muchacho#, debe afrontar una extrema disyuntiva ética. Dimitri Amilakvari, militar francés de origen georgiano, desembarca en el norte de África al frente de la mítica Legión Extranjera, para enfrentar al mariscal alemán Rommel y su temido Afrika Korps. Domingo López Delgado, un soldado uruguayo, se enrola como voluntario en las fuerzas de la Francia Libre y es destinado a la Legión Extranjera en Bir Hakeim, África del Norte, donde será testigo de la grandeza humana de su superior, Amilakvari, y ambos participarán en un combate legendario. Cuatro historias de vida que se entrelazan para transportarnos en el tiempo. La estremecedora novela de Ruperto Long surge de una investigación profunda sobre una época en la que confluyeron xenofobias, persecuciones, guerras y migraciones. Sin embargo, más allá de esos hechos siniestros que la humanidad arrastra hasta nuestros días, el narrador rescata de la realidad historias de amor #entre padres e hijos, entre hermanos, entre amantes, entre amigos#, impregnadas de una empecinada defensa de la vida, de la libertad, del prójimo, de la tierra natal: múltiples relatos de afectos que triunfan y perduran más allá de la barbarie.
By Bounty. 1955
"The noise of the explosions died slowly, as though the sound was moving heavily through the draws and along the… ridges to collect in other places." Irwin Shaw, The Young LionsAuthentic and impassioned stories of heroism and brutality, starvation and survival, defeats and triumphs from World War Two's most poignant hours. Gripping highlights from the greatest war novels include James Jones' From Here to Eternity, Evelyn Waugh's Officers and Gentlemen, and Joseph Heller's Catch 22. Compelling true-life accounts from around the world include the Battle of Britain from Guy Gibson, VC, the exploits of the French Resistance from Australian Nancy Wake, and a riveting report of Hiroshima by John Hersey.Contents include: IRWIN SHAW A Perfect Morning (from The Young Lions)J.G.BALLARD Lunghua Camp (from Empire of the Sun) JAMES JONES The Big Day (from From Here to Eternity) JAMES A. MICHENER The Landing at Kuralei (from Tales of the South Pacific) RICHARD HILLARY Shall Live for a Ghost? (from The Last Enemy) KURT VONNEGUT Billy Pilgrim (from Slaughterhouse Five) EVELYN WAUGH Battalion in Defence (from Officers and Gentlemen) NORMAN MAILER Anopopei (from The Naked and the Dead) GUYGIBSON, VC Some were Unlucky(from Enemy Coast Ahead) JOSEPH HELLER Major Major Major Major(from Catch 22) RAYMOND PAULL The Invasion of Papua (from Retreat from Kokoda) RONALD SETH Stalingrad- the Story of the Battle (from Stalingrad-Point of Return) NANCY WAKE The White Mouse and the Maquis d'Auvergne (from The White Mouse) JOHN STEINBECK The Invaders (from The Moon is Down) NICHOLAS MONSARRAT The Compass Rose (from The Cruel Sea) JOHN HERSEY Hiroshima - The Fire (from Hiroshima)
By Steven Uhly. 2018
HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH - THE TIMESOne night in autumn 1944, a gunshot echoes through the alleyways of… a small town in occupied Poland. An S.S. officer is shot dead by a young Polish Jew, Margarita Ejzenstain. In retaliation, his commander orders the execution of thirty-seven Poles - one for every year of the dead man's life. First hidden by a German couple, Margarita must then flee the brutal advance of the Soviet army with her new-born baby. So begins a thrilling panorama of intermingled destinies and events that reverberate from that single act of defiance. KINGDOM OF TWILIGHT follows the lives of Jewish refugees and a German family resettled from Bukovina, as well as a former S.S. officer, chronicling the geographical and psychological dislocation generated by war. A quest for identity and truth takes them from Displaced Persons camps to Lübeck, Berlin, Tel Aviv and New York, as they try to make sense of a changed world, and of their place in it. Hypnotically lyrical and intensely moving, Steven Uhly's epic novel is a finely nuanced and yet shattering exploration of universal themes: love, hatred, doubt, survival, guilt, humanity and redemption.For readers of HHHH by Laurent Binet, THE KINDLY ONES by Jonathan Littell, THE ZONE OF INTEREST by Martin Amis, and ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony DoerrTranslated from the German by Jamie Bulloch
By Suzanne Kelman. 2019
1941, Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. An unforgettable story of love, hope and betrayal, and a testament to the courage of humanity in… history’s darkest days. University professor Josef Held has never recovered from the loss of his beloved wife – and has no intention of ever letting anyone new into his quiet, safe world. It is a world where the clock ticks steadily in his mathematics classroom, even as the sinister beat of Nazi soldiers’ boots threaten to drown it out. Terrified, Josef tries to keep his eyes on the ground as Jews across the city are forced into ghettos. But then Michael Blum, his most reluctant, infuriating pupil, tells Josef Jews like him will no longer be allowed to study at all. Josef can ignore the situation no longer. And, after the shock of seeing his neighbour killed on his own doorstep, he offers Michael a place to hide in an impulsive act of courage. Michael is everything Josef is not: spontaneous, poetic, and unafraid to love. Even though his passionate relationship with a Dutch girl is strictly forbidden – for he is Jewish, and she is not. Somehow, in the quiet gloom of the attic, Josef doesn’t mind things about Michael that annoyed him in the classroom, and a bond begins to grow. Remembering the pain of his own heartbreak, Josef is desperate to give Michael and his girlfriend a chance. He must go on as if nothing has changed: teaching his class, bowing to the Nazis. Beneath the fear, a thrill of defiance begins to bloom. But then Michael becomes perilously ill, and there is no way to get him the help he desperately needs. As the dark days of war continue, with danger and betrayal at every turn, no-one can be trusted. If Michael is to survive and get back to the woman he loves, it will be down to Josef – to find the hero inside himself, and do whatever it takes to keep Michael alive. Even if it means putting his own life on the line. A heartbreakingly beautiful story about love, trust, and courage against the odds, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Lilac Girls, and The Nightingale. Readers are loving A View Across the Rooftops:‘Oh my goodness... Hauntingly beautiful… Incredibly powerful… I cried, I grieved and I hoped… I was left both heartbroken and satisfied.’ Robin Loves Reading ????? ‘Heart-wrenching… It is an emotional journey of heartache and love that will leave you in tears. One of the finest books I have ever read.’ NetGalley Reviewer ????? ‘I’ve read many books on WW2… but I’ve never read one like this before. Mesmerising, emotional and beautifully written.’ NetGalley Reviewer ????? ‘The rollercoaster of emotions I went through while reading this book is amazing… For an author to make me literally cry… The story is just incredible.’ Goodreads Reviewer ????? ‘If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would…
By Christopher De Vinck. 2020
A deeply touching novel about two young women whose differences, which once united them, will tear them apart forever, during… Hitler&’s Nazi occupation of Belgium and France. Based on true events.For fans of All The Light We Cannot See and Tattooist of Auschwitz. Belgium, July 1939: Simone Lyon is the daughter of a Belgium national hero, the famous General Joseph Lyon. Her best friend Hava Daniels, is the eldest daughter of a devout Jewish family. Despite growing up in different worlds, they are inseparable.But when, in the spring of 1940, Nazi planes and tanks begin bombing Brussels, their resilience and strength are tested. Hava and Simone find themselves caught in the advancing onslaught and are forced to flee.In an emotionally-charged race for survival, even the most harrowing horrors cannot break their bonds of love and friendship. The two teenage girls, will see their innocence fall, against the ugly backdrop of a war dictating that theirs was a friendship that should never have been.