Kingdom of Twilight

Author(s): Steven Uhly

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"POWERFUL AND ORIGINAL." --THE TIMES
"REWARDING AND WHOLLY ENGAGING." --HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY
"ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL NOVELS OF RECENT GERMAN LITERATURE." --DEUTSCHLANDRADIO KULTUR

Hypnotically lyrical and intensely moving, Steven Uhly's epic novel set in the wake of World War II is a finely nuanced yet shattering exploration of universal themes: love, hatred, doubt, survival, guilt, humanity, and redemption.
One night in autumn 1944, a gunshot echoes through the alleyways of a small town in occupied Poland. An SS 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 sympathetic German couple, Margarita must then flee the brutal advance of the Soviet army with her newborn 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 SS officer, chronicling the geographical and psychological dislocation generated by war. A quest for identity and truth takes them from refugee camps to Lubeck, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and New York, as they try to make sense of a changed world, and of their place in it.

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General Fields

  • : 9781635060652
  • : Quercus NA
  • : CASTLE BOOKS
  • : August 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Steven Uhly
  • : Hardback
  • : 592