Hardcover $28.95

Feb 26, 2013 | 320 Pages

Ebook $14.99

Feb 26, 2013 | 320 Pages

  • Hardcover $28.95

    Feb 26, 2013 | 320 Pages

  • Ebook $14.99

    Feb 26, 2013 | 320 Pages

Praise

“Tuszynska’s poetic narrative with its tortured antiheroine grabbed me hard… deeply moving.”
—Louise Steinman, Los Angeles Review of Books
 
“A call for the idea that the last word, where clarity has never come, should linger as a question if it can’t be an answer… captivating.”
—Tracy McNicoll, Newsweek
 
“Vigorous and tender… A book of extraordinary depth and power that sets one tormented individual on a lifelong struggle across the moral cloudland.”
—Richard Eder, The Boston Globe
 
“A startling, searing portrait.”
More Magazine
 
“Agata Tuszyńska sheds light into the dark corners [Vera Gran] had kept hidden, even from herself… In the end, the reader is left to decipher the truths of what really happened, as everyone, especially Vera, seeks shelter from their own painful recollections. We can define, for ourselves, what is the meaning of ‘collaborator’ in a world gone so dreadfully awry that the line blurs between daily compromises and buying time… A book to read slowly and think about.”
—Anne Porter, The Globe and Mail
 
“Agata Tuszyńska has written a fiery portrayal of lives lived in horror as well as an exploration of the profound question of who really did collaborate with the Nazis… evocative and succinct… [Vera Gran] reflects upon every aspect of humanity, from apprehension, persecution and sadism to compassion, courage, and trust… an excellent interpretation of life as a talented Jewish vocalist in the Warsaw ghetto and the extent to which people will go to survive.”
—Charles Weinblatt, Examiner.com
 
“Darkly absorbing . . . shrewd . . . a probing, atmospheric study of the ghetto’s moral ambiguities . . . sharply etched . . . In Charles Ruas’s skillful translation, Tuszynska’s prose conveys Gran’s story in brisk, evocative montage while, appropriately, leaving open enigmatic gaps. She finds no bright line of truth—just subtle shades of gray that are revealing of a nightmarish time.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Renders the World War II years in great detail, but the meat of the book lies in the accusation that Gran collaborated with the occupied forces in Warsaw and her vigorous, lifelong self-defense. . . . A great choice for Gran devotees or World War II enthusiasts.”
Kirkus

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